As we are sure you are aware, the way in which new teachers enter into the profession is changing as of the 1st September 2021. We see this as a hugely positive change and one that will ensure that all new teachers will receive extensive training and support throughout their extended two year induction period. Below are some key points from the government's new Induction for early career teachers, statutory guidance document, a link to the full document is also provided below:
• 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. 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.
As far as we are concerned, the new 2021 statutory guidance will not hugely affect our processes, our focus is, and will always remain finding ECTs the perfect role and schools the perfect teachers! If you have any questions or thoughts on any of the above, or would like us to assist you in your search, then get in touch, we would love to hear from you.