The statutory guidance for early career teacher (ECT) induction states that even though some teachers already have significant teaching experience when they enter the maintained sector for the first time, they are still required to serve statutory induction. In such cases, Appropriate Bodies have the discretion to reduce the length of the induction period to a minimum of one term (based on an academic year of three terms) to recognise this experience.
Before making a decision we as the Appropriate Body must take account of advice from the Headteacher/Principal and gain the agreement of the teacher concerned. If a teacher wishes to serve the full induction period they must be permitted to do so.
We, as the Appropriate Body, require evidence of previous experience and performance in order to reach a decision including performance management documentation from previous teaching employment.
Examples of when a period of reduced induction might be considered appropriate include a teacher who has taught in the independent sector for a number of years or who has gained qualified teacher status (QTS) via the assessment only route.
There are a number of component parts to the accelerated/reduced induction route. Applicants are required to demonstrate the ability to meet each element. For more information or to discuss this further please contact the team.