The Teachers' Standards were introduced on 1 September 2012. The standards set a clear baseline of expectations for the professional practice and conduct of teachers, from the point of qualification. They replaced the previous standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Core, and the GTCE’s Code of Conduct and Practice for Registered Teachers in England.

The Teachers’ Standards should be used to assess all trainees working towards QTS, and all those completing their statutory induction period. They should also be used to assess the performance of all teachers subject to the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Teachers’ Standards were developed by The Independent Review of Teachers’ Standards, which was comprised of leading head teachers, teachers and educational specialists, led by Sally Coates, principal at Burlington Danes Academy. Further information about the Review may be found by following the links on this page.

Three information sheets to help schools implement the new Teachers' Standards in September are available to download.