What’s New

The following key changes have been made:

  • The term Early Career Teacher (ECT) replaces Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)
  • The standard length of induction has been increased from one school year to two school years
  • In addition to the 10% timetable reduction that ECTs receive in their first year of induction, ECTs will also receive a 5% timetable reduction in the second year of induction
  • Schools are expected to deliver an induction period that is underpinned by the ECF. Appropriate Bodies will have a role in checking that an ECF-based induction is in place
  • The clearly defined role of the mentor has been introduced . The mentor will have a key role in supporting the ECT during induction and is separate to the role of the induction tutor
  • There will be two formal assessment points, one midway through induction, and one at the end of the induction period. These will be supported by regular progress reviews to monitor progress, to take place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled
  • In cases where ECTs working part-time can demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards, the Appropriate Body is able to reduce the length of the induction period and bring forward the final assessment point. This decision is only to be made in agreement with the ECT and once the ECT has completed a period covering, but not equivalent to, two school years
  • The number of ad-hoc absences permitted has been extended, in line with the extended length of induction
  • ECTs who, on 1 September 2021, had started but not completed their induction, hereafter referred to as ‘the pre-September 2021 cohort’ have until 1 September 2023 to complete induction within three terms
  • Appointment of an induction tutor who is expected to hold QTS
  • Appointment of a designated mentor who is expected to hold QTS
  • In a relevant school, the headteacher/principal must ensure that the ECT has a reduced timetable. In the first year (terms 1-3) of induction an ECT must not teach more than 90% of the timetable of the school’s existing teachers on the main pay range and in the second year (terms 4-6) of induction must not teach more than 95%. This time off timetable should be used to specifically enable ECTs to undertake activities in their induction programme. This is in addition to the timetable reduction in respect of planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) that all teachers receive. ECTs in independent schools, academies and free schools, BSOs, independent nursery schools and FE colleges must also have a reduced timetable on a comparable basis