NQTs +1 2021-22

In recognition of the challenging initial teacher training and induction newly qualified teachers (NQTs) have experienced due to the pandemic, all state funded schools that currently have an NQT who is due to complete induction in the summer term 2021 will have access to a one-off payment to further support the development of this cohort.

The offer

All state funded schools that currently have an NQT who is due to complete induction in the summer term 2021 will be eligible for a one-off payment of funding for the equivalent of an additional 5% off timetable for next academic year so these teachers have additional time to invest in their development.

This time off timetable is not statutory but it has been designed to be used flexibly so that as many new teachers as possible can benefit from this additional support. Schools and their leaders know what works best for them and their staff. Time off timetable can be grouped together in different ways, for example, taken as whole days or half days off.

Funding

The funding has been calculated as an equivalent to 5% off timetable every week for an NQT over the next academic year (2021/2022).

The funding amount will be calculated by taking the average salary of NQTs, split by region.

NQT Unit Cost England (excluding the London Area) Inner London Area Outer London Area Fringe Area 
Rounded NQT Unit cost £1,200 £1,500 £1,400 £1,300 

The funding ‘unit cost’ is based on 5% off timetable time (teaching time) for NQTs in the 21/22 academic year and equates to 44 hours. This has been calculated using the minimum threshold on the Main Pay Range for the NQT time.

Funding will be based on School Workforce Census returns. Payment will be made in arrears, in the summer term of 2022, to ensure that the payments are as accurate as possible and to avoid issues around teachers having moved schools.

Schools will receive this funding as part of their normal payments from ESFA.

Schools who have employed NQTs who have moved schools post-induction will still be eligible to receive this funding. The process by which these NQTs will be identified and how payments will be made, will be confirmed in due course.

Assurances

As payment will be made in arrears, schools will be asked to confirm that the money has been spent in the way intended. Acceptance of the funding will be taken as confirmation.

As part of this grant payment process, there will be clear communication around the terms and conditions for accepting the money and the subsequent requirements for schools related to assurance. Schools should keep some record of this expenditure – such as a receipt for classroom cover, or a timetable for the NQT(s) involved, but there will be no mandate as to what form this record should take, and school leaders should use their own judgement. Some light-touch, proportionate assurance may take place such as spot checks with individual schools, asking for sight of such records.

In advance of accepting any funding, schools will have the opportunity to decline the funding if, for example, the teacher changes school during the academic year. 

ECF development materials

This funding is designed to support the development of NQTs who are due to complete their induction during the summer term 2021. Funding should be used to provide this cohort with additional time to invest in their development given the disruptions they have experienced during their initial teacher training and induction as a result of the pandemic.

Schools will have access to DfE accredited materials based on the Early Career Framework to use during this time off timetable. There are a range of self-study materials available that have been designed for teachers at the start of their careers to use independently. It will not be compulsory to use these materials.