ECT to replace NQT

As the government releases its latest statutory guidance on Induction for early career teachers, we take a brief look at the main changes to it since 2018.

  • 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 role of the mentor has been introduced, who 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; they will be supported by regular progress reviews to monitor progress and will 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.