New teachers

Teaching is a great job. It is one which is both a challenge and a joy. Every teacher awarded qualified teacher status (QTS), is required to complete an induction period of, usually, one year. The NUT and the National Education Union believes that induction must be a supportive process which helps new teachers to begin to develop further their professional confidence and competence. This page provides you with all the information and resources you will need as a newly qualified teacher.

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School Direct charter

The National Education Union has produced a guide on your rights and expectations for your School Direct course. The charter offers helpful advice on what you can expect before and during your course and how the union can assist you as you start your teaching career.

Your guide to Teaching

Welcome to Your guide to Teaching, the essential guide for new teachers.

This guide from the NUT has advice and guidance to help you navigate the first years of your teaching career.

School Direct

Training to teach via School Direct? Our guide contains lots of useful information, some frequently asked questions and much more.

NQT guide: Education and Equality

The union is a respected and influential voice on a range of education and equality policy issues and research areas in England and Wales. This guide gives you the opportunity to read about what union members have achieved and want to achieve, together.

NQT guide: Induction

This guide to induction will answer your questions about your induction period, and is available in English and Welsh. We hope you find it useful.

Induction checklist: Good practice for NQTs

The NUT’s induction checklist is available in English and Welsh.

NQT guide: Workload

This guide answers your questions about directed time and sets out union policy on issues affecting workload such as planning, meetings, classroom observation and class size.

NQT guide: Pay, Pensions & Conditions

This guide provides all the information you need on teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions of service.

Lecture notes: Pay, Conditions of Service and You

Teachers work within a legal framework which gives rights to and places duties on those within the education service.

These Lecture notes provide essential information on the legal framework for trainee teachers beginning their careers.

Lecture notes: Education, the Law and You

Teachers work within a legal framework which gives rights to and places duties on those within the education service.

These Lecture notes provide essential information on the legal framework for trainee teachers beginning their careers.

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