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Qualified Teacher Status

DfE regulations state that no NQT may begin the induction year until the date when English Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is awarded.

Teachers who train in Wales and whose first post is in an English school are subject to the same induction regulations as English-trained teachers and their QTS is valid in England.

Any teacher who cannot provide evidence of QTS after a month in employment, without a valid reason, cannot be employed as a qualified teacher, and induction cannot commence until the date is verified.

A QTS certificate may not have been issued for one of the following reasons:

  • the teacher trained in Scotland or Northern Ireland and has a Scottish/NI QTS date but has not obtained English QTS. In these cases the award of English QTS is a formality but induction cannot start until it has been awarded
  • the teacher trained in another country outside England or Wales and has to apply to be assessed against standards - see the Government guidance for Overseas Trained Teachers
  • the teacher has not yet passed one of the skills tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT, and so QTS has not yet been awarded
  • the teacher has been awarded their degree but the university has not recommended them for QTS.

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