Early Career Teacher Induction (ECT)

Statutory induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and the start of your career in teaching. It combines a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue, underpinned by the Early Career Framework, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards.

The programme should support the ECT in demonstrating that their performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory by the end of the period and equip them with the tools to be an effective and successful teacher.

The induction period lasts for 2 academic years or can be undertaken on a part-time basis. It must be completed successfully, by law, to continue teaching in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools, maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units in England.

When applying for your first teaching post it is important to discuss how your school organises and leads on their Early Career Teacher program. The programme should offer you a reduced timetable to allow for planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) that all teachers receive.  In addition, this time off timetable should be used to specifically enable ECTs to undertake activities in their induction programme.

There will be two formal assessment points during your induction period: one at the end of the final term in Year 1, and one at the end of the induction period (end of year 2). These will be supported by regular progress reviews/assessments to monitor your progress, which will take place at the end of each long term .   At the end of your induction period, the Head Teacher will recommend to the appropriate body as to whether your performance against the Teachers' Standards is satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or whether or not an extension should be considered.

ECTs are encouraged to start their induction as soon as possible after gaining QTS.

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