Under the new arrangements coming into force this September 2021, full-time ECTs will have 2 formal assessments of their practice carried out during induction, one at the end of the first year and a final assessment at the end of the second year. For part-time ECTs, these are carried out on an FTE basis.
Additionally, at the end of each term where a formal assessment is not due, a progress review will now need to be completed for each ECT...
At the end of each formal assessment period (year 1 and year 2), the headteacher/principal will send an assessment report on the ECTs progress towards meeting the teaching standards to the Appropriate Body for induction. At the end of induction (e.g. end of year 2), the headteacher/ principal will recommend whether or not the ECT has successfully met the teaching standards.
In terms of progress reviews and formal assessments, the statutory guidance places the following expectations on the induction tutor, ECT, headteacher/principal and the appropriate body:
Induction tutor (and/or induction lead): coordinate and carry out 2 formal end of year assessments (FTE for part-time ECTs) and at the end of each term where a formal assessment is not due, complete a progress review for each ECT. In both instances this must also include end of period meetings with the ECT to discuss progress (see below for further information).
ECT: to keep track of, and participate effectively in, the scheduled progress reviews and assessment meetings.
Headteacher/principal: to ensure completion of progress reviews and that annual formal assessment forms are completed and sent to the appropriate body, including the recommendation on whether the teaching standards have been met at the end of the period.
Appropriate body: at the end of the induction period, decide whether the ECT has met the teaching standards to successfully complete induction and notify the relevant parties within the agreed time limits; provide the government Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) with data on ECTs starting or completing induction and those who start and then leave a school/college part way through an induction period.
End of term progress reviews…
Progress reviews are not formal assessments however from September 2021 they are to be completed at the end of each term where a formal assessment is not due. Review meetings should also be held with the ECT at the end of each term. These meetings are an opportunity for the induction tutor and ECT to record and discuss progress, achievements, areas for development and agree any changes to the induction plan in terms of objectives or actions - there should be no surprises !
Both the induction tutor and ECT should be properly prepared before the progress review meeting.
For an ECT this may include maintaining a self-reflection (available from the 'resources' section on ECT Manager - login required) and/or a portfolio of evidence, identifying gaps in knowledge, self-evaluation against the teaching standards, CPD etc.
For the induction tutor, this includes seeking feedback from mentors and other colleagues who have, for example, run specialist induction sessions or observed ECTs in the classroom.
End of year formal assessments…
Formal assessments are to be completed and submitted to the appropriate body at the end of each induction year (FTE for part-time ECTs). Additionally formal assessment meetings must be held with the ECT prior to submitting the end of year formal assessment form. These meetings provide an opportunity for tutors to discuss with the ECT what they will be writing about them - there should be no surprises !
Meetings should be informed by descriptive evidence of an ECTs professional practice against the teaching standards and the progress made against previous objectives/targets set e.g. during progress reviews. Objectives/targets should be reviewed and revised in relation to the government teaching standards and the individual needs and strengths of each ECT.
The outcomes of the final formal assessment meeting provide an opportunity for the induction tutor and ECT to take stock of what has been achieved over the induction period and prepare the ECT for involvement in performance management/appraisal arrangements.
Important Note: Performance management/appraisal arrangements do not apply to ECTs or ECT Induction. You must only assess an ECT against the government teaching standards during induction. Additionally the Early Career Framework is not and should not be used as an assessment framework.
Evidence of progress towards meeting the government teaching standards…
Over the course of the induction period, evidence from day-to-day practice as well as from specific development activities will build up to show how the ECT is making progress towards embedding the government teaching standards. However, we advise that ECTs carry out regular self-evaluation regarding their progress and we have put together an ECT self-reflection sheet (available from the 'resources' section on ECT Manager - login required) which should assist with this. The sheet is not a statutory requirement for induction nor is maintaining a portfolio of evidence against each standard, however, it is good practice for ECTs to do so.