Information for Newly Qualified Teachers

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Affinity Education share positive partnerships with the Teacher Training Universities in South Wales annually attending the University Teacher Fairs in order to meet with Final Year Students in preparation for when they qualify and are seeking to start their career in teaching as Newly Qualified Teachers.  

The staff at Affinity Education appreciate that when Final Year Students are coming to the end of their degree it is an exciting but for some a daunting time.  

For the majority, the main focus for Newly Qualified Teachers is securing a permanent teaching position. Affinity Education can offer support and suitable employment for NQT's whilst they are seeking a suitable teaching post and also place them within long term and permanent teaching positions. 

Final Year Students also have the opportunity to work as an 'un-qualified' Teachers during June and July until Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded in August, in preparation to work as Newly Qualified Teachers from September.


Registering with Agencies

We are aware that there are many agencies to choose from, we would love for you to register only with Affinity Education but appreciate that you may choose to register with several agencies. Therefore we wish to share with you some independent advice and practical tips of working as a Supply Teacher and the professional standards you should expect from an agency. 

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Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers 

Induction is a statutory requirement for all newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in Wales who have gained qualified Teacher status (QTS). The statutory induction period provides all newly qualified teachers with a transition from initial teacher education and training to effective professional practice.

Newly Qualified Teachers, in addition to completing induction whilst working as a long-term Supply Teacher (typically during a period of three full school terms), can also complete induction whilst working as a short-term Supply Teacher, once 380 school sessions (one session is equivalent to a morning or afternoon of teaching) have been completed. There is no time limit to completing the 380 sessions but NQT’s must provide evidence of meeting all the relevant professional standards.

As a Newly Qualified Teacher it your professional responsibility to ensure that you have a secure understanding and undertake the statutory induction requirements.

Induction changes from 1st September 2017:

NQTs commencing their induction period from 1 September 2017 onwards are required to demonstrate how their practice meets the new professional standards for teaching and leadership.

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NQTs who commenced their induction period before 1 September 2017 should continue with the practising teacher standards that were in place when their induction period commenced.










The purpose of statutory induction is to:


    • Contribute to building an excellent teaching workforce for the benefit of all learners.


    • Support NQTs to have the best start to their teaching career.


    • Provide all NQTs with the opportunity to develop their practice by focusing on the


requirements set out in the professional standards.


    • Prepare all NQTs for their career as a teacher by establishing the skills and behaviours


that they need to build on throughout their career.


    • Ensure that all NQTs focus on national priorities


    • Ensure that NQTs are equipped to meet the challenges of the education reform




    • Ensure that NQTs focus their professional learning on the most effective methods and


approaches, including reflective practice, effective collaboration, coaching and


mentoring, and effective use of data and research evidence.


    • Build on the experiences gained in initial teacher education (ITE) to support


career-long professional growth.

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