Last reviewed on 16 May 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Pupil referral units

Use our guidance and recommended questions to help you confidently approve your school's early career teacher (ECT) induction policy.

What this policy needs to do

Your school's ECT induction policy, which applies to new teachers who started their induction on or after 1 September 2021, must comply with:

It's not your job to cross-reference your policy with these bits of guidance and legislation. But you should expect your headteacher to have done so.

You can download an ECT model policy for reference in the last section of this article.

Remember though, it's your headteacher's responsibility to update these policies – as a governor, your role is to review any changes.

Teachers who started – but have not completed – their induction before 1 September 2021 have until 1 September 2023 to complete induction within 3 terms. So if your school has any NQTs, you'll need to keep your old NQT induction policy in place until