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Newly Qualified Teachers and returners to teaching

The 2020 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) Primary Pool opened for applications on 11 December 2020. Please read the information, introduction letter and guidance notes below before completing your online application.

Completing your application

Your online supporting statement must address the person specification (see guidance notes). The supporting statement has a 1200 word limit and it must reflect your own personal philosophy of education.

If selected for interview, you will be required to sign all declaration sections on your application form.

Key dates

  • Primary pool applications close on 26 February 2021
  • Primary pool interviews will take place virtually in mid March 2021

It is possible to save an incomplete application and return to complete it at a later date. You will be asked to provide login details at the beginning of the registration process that you can later use if you return to complete your application.

NQT Open Morning 

Come along to Richmond and Kingston's NQT virtual drop in on either Friday 29 or Saturday 30 January 2021 (9am to 11am) to find out more about working in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Register your attendance by Monday 18 January 2021 by emailing, giving your name and which date you would like to attend. Joining instructions will be sent out closer to the time.

Teaching in Richmond

The professional support and development you will receive as a newly qualified teacher in the London Borough of Richmond will be outstanding, and the friendly atmosphere in all schools will make your first appointment a memorable one.

Here in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames we offer:

  • An outstanding induction programme, with time off each week to attend a centrally provided induction programme
  • Well resourced and friendly schools with excellent national recognition
  • A beautiful, green, leafy borough
  • £500 payment upon completion of 10 days spent in the school that you have been appointed to during the month of July (this payment will be received on 25 August subject to agreement of the governing body).
  • Outer London Weighting Allowance

We promote a strong work/life balance to all our employees and during the NQT induction programme there are opportunities to network and socialise with colleagues. If you are new to the area or you are currently living outside of the borough, find out more about how to enjoy your leisure time in this beautiful borough on the Visit Richmond website.

Thinking about returning to teaching?

In the first instance you should visit return to teaching on GOV.UK to find out more, register your interest and to receive current information about return to teaching courses. You will be able to find out details of a course located closest to where you are living.

Contact the Children's Workforce Development Team

If you have any questions, contact the Children's Workforce Development Team.


We welcome your application to join our dynamic School Workforce.

Updated: 01 September 2021

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