DfE publishes new Early Career Framework guidance

From 1 September 2021, the new induction programme for teachers will replace current NQT induction arrangements. Learn about the changes to your school's induction process for new teachers as you move to the new 2-year Early Career Framework.

Last reviewed on 25 March 2021
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What are the main changes?

  • The term early career teacher (ECT) will replace newly qualified teacher (NQT)
  • Induction for ECTs will last for 2 years (it's currently 1 year)
  • ECTs will get a 5% timetable reduction in their second year of induction (they'll still get a 10% reduction in the first year, as they do now)
  • Your school will be expected to deliver an induction programme that's underpinned by the Early Career Framework
  • There's a new induction-linked role: induction mentors will support ECTs through induction (this is separate from the existing requirement to have an induction tutor)
  • There will only be 2 formal assessment points - one midway through induction and one at the end (current arrangements require 3 formal assessments, usually one per term)

Your school will receive additional funding to help cover the costs of the ECT's timetable reduction and time spent with their mentor.


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