Statutory guidance on induction for early career teachers (ECTs) came into force in September 2021 and the transition period for this ended on 1 September 2023. This guidance and the term 'ECT' replaces old guidance and wording on 'NQTs'.
Early career induction (ECI) period is statutory
Your school is required to deliver a 2-year induction programme, underpinned by the Early Career Framework (ECF) (see the section below).
To teach in maintained schools
- All teachers must have completed (or be working towards) an ECI period
To teach in academies, free schools, independent schools or in further education
- An ECI period is not required, but these settings may still choose to offer ECTs a statutory induction period
During an induction period, ECTs have timetable reductions from the rest of the teaching staff
Maintained and special schools are eligible for funding to cover timetable reductions