Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
Find out how to start your teaching career in Westminster.
Published: 7 January 2021
Last updated: 25 January 2021
Why teach in Westminster?
Teachers and support staff are staying within Westminster because of the excellent ongoing support and training we offer. We recognise that the development of the whole school workforce is essential and has a significant influence upon the success of our pupils and schools.
In addition to the training and support you will receive from your school, we provide a central high-quality induction programme for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and support your progress throughout your first year, during early professional development and beyond. We provide training, monitoring and guidance to ensure that your induction is effective, fair and empowering.
Our schools identify an induction mentor who will have responsibility for overseeing your school based professional and pastoral support and we have an NQT consultant to quality assure your induction. Our continuing professional development programme responds to the needs of Westminster.
It is extensive to enable all staff to further develop their teaching skills and to support schools in retaining high quality teachers and support staff.
Join a committed and successful team of teachers and support staff who enable children and young people to develop their full potential.
- high quality induction programme and support throughout the early stages of your career
- assigned induction mentor and dedicated tutor
- school visits to observe and learn from experienced teachers
- continuing professional development programmes that offer the chance to progress further in the profession
- starting salary of £32,157 (1st September 2020)
We are a small but diverse and densely populated boroughs; with contrasts in wealth and social mobility
The large majority of primary pupils live in Westminster but fewer secondary pupils are residents and pupils often come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 20% of primary pupils are entitled to free school meals compared to 14% nationally and 23% of secondary pupils compared to 12% nationally.
Our pupils come from a very diverse mix of national and ethnic backgrounds. 70% of primary and secondary pupils have a first language other than English. This compares to 21% of primary and secondary pupils nationally.
There are also high rates of mobility across our schools (pupils arriving and leaving outside of the usual admission time).
Despite the challenging schools’ population profile, our standards – key stage outcomes - are among the highest across the country.
Where to find teaching positions
There are several ways to apply for teaching positions in our schools:
- The school jobs pages for Westminster and school jobs at Kensington and Chelsea.
- the national teaching vacancy service for teaching vacancies posted by our schools.
- School websites: all schools within Westminster have their own school website. This is accessible to students, staff and parents. Most will include a jobs page and here you will be able to access a current list of vacancies.
- Times Educational Supplement - in addition to the paper, there is the TES website and the TES New Teachers website which is dedicated to supporting trainee and newly qualified teachers through the initial years of their career. The site offers advice, jobs, resources and information on school placements.
If you have any queries regarding NQT Induction in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea schools, then please contact:
NQT Recruitment and Retention Officer
Bi-borough Education Service,
(Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster)
Telephone: 07971 625 848
Email: [email protected]