If you’re a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in the midst of job hunting, induction should be up there among your very top priorities.
You should definitely ask each school about their induction strategy and exactly how they will deliver their programme of support. It would also be useful to know whether there will be other NQTs joining the school at the same time.
Strictly speaking, we shouldn’t refer to NQTs any more – the term early career teacher (ECT) will be used from September 2021. And with a new title, comes a new package of support.
As an ECT, you’ll have more time to complete your induction. Rather than three terms, the mentor-led package of support will run over six terms.
The support is structured to encourage and engender a career-long positive culture of mentoring and professional development in schools, and will include:
- 10% more non-contact time than other classroom teachers in year one
- 5% more non-contact time than other classroom teachers in year two
- Regular mentor meetings in timetabled time
- Focused CPD, based around the ECF, in timetabled time
- Two formal assessments at the end of terms three and six, plus intermittent informal assessment points
- Continued monitoring and support so that there are no surprises when an ECT reaches a formal assessment point.
What does the ECF look like?
Schools can choose from three options:
- To work with providers who will design and deliver a programme of face-to-face and online training to ECTs and their mentors
- To deliver their own training using accredited materials and resources
- To design and deliver their own two-year induction programme based on the ECF
What should you look out for?
The success of the ECF is dependent on a school’s commitment to training mentors and deliver support effectively. Ringfencing off timetable opportunities for both the mentor and the ECF to fully engage with the programme is crucial.
The fully provider led option will give schools more financial and time support. Not only does it include full programme delivery, but also provides training for mentors. However, it is by no means certain that there is enough capacity or coverage for every school to choose this option if they wanted to.