UK NQT Support Programme

Course Description

The NQT Support Programme will provide practical guidance to ensure that you receive a high quality programme of monitoring, professional development, support and assessment throughout your NQT period to obtain your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This programme is also suitable for people with considerable school-based experience to gain QTS without an academic award such as a PGCE. The intention is to certify the teaching of those already employed in schools, against the Teachers’ Standards. Candidates must have experience of teaching the English National Curriculum across at least two age and ability ranges in two different settings. TFoIS will try to assist you with a different setting, if needed, and only where possible.

This is a very demanding course, however, high-quality professional and personal support will be provided by TFoIS link tutors and school mentors. Your NQT Profile will require you to be proactive in and reflect upon the development of your practice, to support your professional development and to set targets accordingly with the support of your mentor and link tutor.

With the Early Career Framework (ECF) becoming a 2-year programme from September 2021, students registering prior to this date may be eligble for a fast-track 1-year induction programme leading to QTS. To confirm, from September 2021, the criteria will change to a minimum of 2-year induction process.

Course Summary

There are 2 stages to this programme
  • Stage A is the support stage, consisting of the following elements:
  • Register your interest
  • Interview
  • Fulfilment of any pre-entry requirements
  • Confirmation and access to TFoIS online resources
  • Online informative webinars
  • Advisory visit by a TFoIS link tutor to observe the candidate teach and to liaise with professional colleagues
  • Stage B is the assessment stage, consisting of the following elements:
  • Registration with the appropiate body
  • 12 weeks of preparation for QTS
  • Assessment visit to the candidate’s school to assess for QTS

At the end of stage B, you will receive a single visit to your school for the final assessment for QTS against the Teachers’ Standards. This will include observations of your teaching, discussion with your professional colleagues, perusal of your prepared portfolio of evidence and a discussion with you.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The minimum criteria for students to be admitted to the course are as follows:
  • Successful completion of an Honours degree in an applicable subject area, usually class 2:1 or above, awarded by a United Kingdom Higher Education institution with degree awarding powers, or equivalent qualification
  • Grade C at GCSE level in Mathematics and Science, Grade B (preferred) at GCSE level in English and/or their equivalents
  • Potential international students’ qualifications will be checked by NARIC for appropriate equivalency
  • Students should also:
  • Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
  • Have considerable, relevant school experience, determined on an individual basis at induction interview

The current Teachers’ Standards are assessed in one school placement and students must achieve a judgement of at least satisfactory to be recommended for QTS. Judgements of students’ attainment will be a joint decision between TFoIS link tutor and the Accredited College.

Next Steps

Upon successful completion and gaining award of QTS, you will be a qualified teacher in England and can be employed in any English state school (including academies, free schools or independent school).

Fee Structure 2020/21

There is no funding for this programme; either you or your school must meet the costs:

TOTAL Cost payable: £2,600.00  (includes Stage A & B). This is payable as a lump sum or as 3 instalments.

  • Stage A
  • The NQT Support Programme fee, including online tutorials, is £1000 per annum.
  • Stage B
  • QTS assessment fee, when ready, is £1600