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Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) throughout the UK must serve an induction or probationary period, normally of one year. They are monitored and supported, have a reduced timetable and a designated induction tutor and work on areas identified for development during their initial teacher training (ITT).

In-service training is available and teachers are encouraged to pursue continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to their own responsibilities and the development needs of the school. Training takes place in-house on teacher training days or at regional training centres run by local authorities.

Topics often covered in training include: 

  • curriculum issues;
  • target setting and assessment;
  • special needs;
  • subject leadership;
  • pastoral care;
  • new initiatives;
  • technology.

Some teachers study on a part-time basis for higher qualifications related to their specialist subject or they take a Masters degree in education or business administration (MBA), depending on their career aims. Professional qualifications for school managers are also available.

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Written by Laura Stanley, University of Wolverhampton
July 2012

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