Last reviewed on 13 May 2022
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:

Your school’s NQT induction policy, which will continue to apply for new teachers who started their induction before 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.

Your school should already have an NQT induction policy, but it may need to update it to cover transitional arrangements for NQTs who've already started their induction. Teachers who have started – but not completed – their induction