A teacher in schools who has completed their teaching qualification, has gained qualified teacher status, and is engaged in their first year of teaching. For teachers in maintained schools and non‐maintained special schools, this has, since 1999, been a mandatory induction year, during which teachers must demonstrate that they continue to meet the national standards of QTS as well as the induction standards. The NQT receives individualized support from a designated induction tutor with whom they engage in a professional review of their performance and progress at the end of each of the three terms. Their teaching is observed, and they themselves are expected to observe the teaching of more experienced colleagues. During this first year of their career, the NQT does not teach more than 90 per cent of a full timetable, and it is the head teacher's responsibility to make sure that this is the case. It is also the head teacher's duty at the end of the NQT year to make a recommendation to the local authority, or other appropriate body, such as the Independent Schools Council Teacher Induction panel, as to whether the NQT has successfully completed the induction year. NQTs are required to register with the General Teaching Council at the start of their training, and their registration is confirmed following successful completion of the induction year.