What is ECT Induction?
Induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching, and is designed to offer teachers support and guidance in their professional development. During the induction period, ECTs build on their initial teacher training to show that they’re able to meet expected Teachers' Standards over a long period of time. ECTs can do their induction in any maintained school, as well as independent schools including free schools, academies, nursery schools and certain independent schools overseas. ECTs can’t do their induction in a school that has an Ofsted special measure judgement.
Only teachers who have completed their induction programme can go on to teach in maintained schools in England. However, ECTs who intend to work solely in independent schools, including academies and free schools, don’t have to go through induction.
Throughout the induction period, teachers will have a slightly reduced timetable and will work towards demonstrating that they have met all the relevant professional standards to become an effective teacher. This involves being assessed every term by a school-based induction mentor or tutor, appraising their progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards (these detail the required skills in areas such as subject knowledge, planning, assessment and managing the learning environment, as well as personal and professional conduct).
Once the final assessment is submitted by the school, the school is required to make a recommendation to the Appropriate Body (us) stating whether their ECT has made satisfactory progress towards meeting the standards. The Appropriate Body will then assess whether they have met the requirements to pass their induction period.