For many years we have been helping newly qualified teachers begin their teaching careers in our schools.

Our annual Primary NQT recruitment campaign selects the best prepared Primary ITT students for schools which are thinking of appointing an NQT.

Secondary ITT students are currently able to access NQT vacancies via individual school websites and our current vacancies page.

Applying to the NQT Pool

Are you a PGCE, BA (hons) Education student (or equivalent) and graduating with UK Primary Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)?

Great – you’re in exactly the right place to look for your first teaching position, complete your Induction Year and kick start your career.

The majority of primary first teaching appointments in Hounslow schools are made through our Primary NQT Pool. This service, managed by the Schools’ Workforce Development Team, is accessible to all Hounslow primary schools. Headteachers are involved in all stages of the recruitment process.

Main phase closing date: 30th January 2019

Final closing date: 30th April 2019

To be sent email reminders about the Primary NQT Pool, including job-search and interview advice , please email cpd@hounslow.gov.uk  

Secondary NQTs


With over 95% of our schools graded Good or Outstanding by OFSTED and rising results in all areas, there has never been a better time to Teach Hounslow.

Apply now to our Primary NQT Pool for appointments in schools for September 2019.

The Primary NQT Pool 2018 - 2019 is now open for applications.

Main phase closing date: applications 30th January 2019

Final closing date: 30th April 2019

To be sent email reminders about the Primary NQT Pool, please email cpd@hounslow.gov.uk 


Once we have received your application, your details will be considered for short-listing by our specialist Recruitment team, against the Job Description and Person Specification. Referees will be approached. 

Job Description

Person Specification

3 Key Questions

Primary NQT Pool appointment process - How does it work?

If your application is successfully short-listed, we will contact you to let you know. Successfully short-listed candidates will have their details released to schools who will then make contact and invite you in for interview. 

If you have any questions about the NQT Pool process please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team at: cpd@hounslow.gov.uk 

Applicants to the Pool should please note:

Our NQT Primary Pool is for those who have not yet started their Induction Period. If you have been working on a supply basis in a school for one term or more, then it is deemed that you have commenced your Induction Year and are not eligible to apply for the Primary Pool.

The Primary Pool is only for those currently on ITT courses leading to UK QTS (such as PGCE, B.Ed or GTP route) and is not for those who have a teacher training qualification from another country, are unqualified, who have already started Induction or have previous teaching experience. For further information on Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs) and how to gain UK QTS, please contact us.

The Primary Pool is for those who are seeking an appointment for September. If you are a part-time student and/or will not have achieved QTS and completed your course by this date, then please call 020 8583 4146 or email cpd@hounslow.gov.uk for further advice. 

Recruiting an NQT for your school

We know that managing the staffing levels of your school can be time-consuming and that often you’ll have had little preparation for it. That’s why we provide the Primary NQT Pool for schools who are in need of a newly qualified teacher to join their school.

I need an NQT - how can you help?

Our extensive recruitment campaign means that we take care of the short listing and vetting of suitable candidates for you. With a bespoke online application system, we attract people with a genuine interest in applying to Hounslow.

Only those candidates with a passion for teaching and who are fully prepared for starting their career as a teacher make it through to interview.

Our interview sessions are conducted with panels comprising  Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and other staff well experienced in the recruitment and induction of newly qualified teachers.

Those candidates who successfully pass through the interview stage are recommended to schools for consideration for appointment.

Our primary pool has been running for a number of years and is built on great working relationships with schools and local initial teacher training providers (ITTs). We listen to feedback and respond – thereby providing schools with a specialist service built on local knowledge.

We are in the best position to help you recruit newly qualified teachers to your school. 

Call us today on 020 8583 4146 

NQT Induction

Your NQT Induction year is the final stage of your qualification and one where the level of support around you is essential to your success. 

Successfully completing an NQT Induction year is a statutory requirement if you wish to pursue a career in the maintained sector.

Hounslow recognises that your Induction Year is one of the most significant parts of your career, which is why we offer schools the opportunity to purchase attendance, for those undertaking statutory NQT Induction, at an extensive training programme held at HPDC. Our three term programme is organised into separate morning sessions for KS2 and KS1/EYs NQTs and has been planned with reference to the Teachers’ Standards 2012. School based practitioners, head teachers, consultants and LA colleagues lead the individual sessions. These are designed to enable NQTs to extend the knowledge and skills acquired through their initial teacher training by exploring issues on a wider level, sharing good practice and networking with colleagues. 

A supportive environment

If you attend our NQT Induction programme, you will find yourself part of a community that knows what that first year of teaching is like. NQTs from schools across the borough come together for mutual support and networking opportunities, meaning you don’t feel alone and can share information and practice. 

Opportunities are provided in sessions for questioning, discussion and reflection. As a participant you will be encouraged to contribute to discussion groups and take part in activities in order to strengthen your induction experience. It’s intended that attendance at the programme will have a positive impact on your practice in the classroom and extend your knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the professional. Our NQT programme is rated as an excellent resource by our NQTs and schools and can be a significant element in your overall programme of induction with us.

For more information about the NQT Induction programme please call 020 8583 3915.

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