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 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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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 NUT 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 NUT members have achieved and want to achieve, together.

NQT guide: Induction

The NUT’s 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 NUT 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.

NUT Charter for School Direct

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

If you believe that your school or training provider is not meeting these minimum expectations then you should raise your concerns immediately:

  • speak with your NUT representative or local secretary. If you do not know who your representative or local NUT officer is, then please call our Adviceline for advice and assistance on 020 3006 6266
  • speak with other School Direct trainees and make them aware of this document. The NUT can help organise a meeting so you and other new teachers can talk about your experiences and start making positive changes
  • go to teachers.org.uk/members-reps/new-teachers for more information and advice about starting out in teaching.”

NUT 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 NUT Notes provide essential information on the legal framework for student teachers beginning their careers.

NUT 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 NUT Notes provide essential information on the legal framework for student teachers beginning their careers.

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