NQT pool: what happens next?


If your application is successful you will be invited for an interview. You will not be not guaranteed a teaching post but it does provide you with better access to teaching positions.

We regret that unsuccessful candidates will not be notified and we are not able to provide individual feedback due to the high numbers of applicants.

After your interview

If you are successful at the interview your details will be added to the Westminster NQT Pool database. As vacant teaching positions become available, primary headteachers will consult the database and contact you directly to invite you into their school, so that they can see you teach a lesson and have an informal interview. In some schools they may want to re-interview you as by this time you will have gained more experience. It’s an excellent opportunity for you to update your personal statement.

If you are contacted by a headteacher, respond promptly and you should be offered a post in the school. If so, please let us know so that we can update the database.

Accepting a post for induction

When considering a school or accepting an interview for a post please ensure that you research the school and arrange to visit beforehand. This is beneficial to you and the school in that it provides you with an opportunity to get a feel for the school and whether you would want to work there. Remember that an interview is as much about you being right for the school as the school being right for you.

It would also be helpful to know if you have a preference in terms of key stage and whether you would prefer to work in a voluntary-aided or community school. This is important to headteachers as it will assist them when considering suitable candidates from the NQT Pool database.

The NQT Pool database information is sent regularly to Westminster primary headteachers. If at any time your personal details change, your referees change or you gain a teaching position then please contact Linda Crichton so that your information can be amended to reflect this.

On appointment

Any offer of a teaching position is subject to receiving satisfactory references and employment checks. Your references will be taken up by the school so do ensure that your referees are aware that they may be contacted so that they are prepared.

You will also be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications and that you have been successfully awarded QTS. This will not be confirmed until completion of your initial teacher training (ITT) course in the summer 2018, but it is essential that you show evidence of your QTS award as soon as possible - either your QTS certificate once available or a letter of recommendation from your ITT provider.

Registering with a local authority

To be considered for induction in any school, NQTs need to be formally registered with a local authority, who will act as the Appropriate Body (AB) for induction.

Statutory guidance - NQT induction

Applying for teaching jobs

Current teaching vacancies in Westminster

You can also find vacancies at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

And you can search for jobs on individual school websites or in The Times Educational Supplement.

Last updated: 29 June 2018
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