Personalising the induction programme...
Each ECT should have an individual programme of professional development, support, monitoring and assessment. The programme is planned by the induction tutor together with the ECT and should:
- Provide the ECT with access to the early career framework (ECF)
- Make effective use of the reduced timetable. During the first year of induction this will be 10% ECT time. In the 2nd year, this allocated time will be reduced to 5%. (ECT time is in addition to 10% PPA entitlement and each must be protected throughout the entirety of induction)
- Include development opportunities based on identified needs
- Ensure regular meetings, including formal observations and prompt feedback
- Take into account the ECTs previous experiences during and where relevant, since training
- In an FE institution or sixth form college should provide the ECT with the required school experience and placement for teaching children of compulsory school age
- Allow rapid advancement towards excellence in teaching, taking account of/and in relation to the government teaching standards
In addition to professional development provided as part of the early career framework, during the induction period a range of other development opportunities should also be planned.
These could include:
- Observing experienced colleagues, excellent practice or those with a specialism, e.g. a SENCO
- Focused visits to other schools/colleges and settings beyond the workplace
- Broadening knowledge, skills and understanding of special educational needs
- Participating in more formal training events and courses according to needs
- Working alongside others within the department or school/college
- Meetings between induction tutor, mentor and ECT to consider progress, development and increasing knowledge and awareness of available information, advice and guidance.
Setting objectives & agreeing action plans…
Professional development objectives provide a strong sense of purpose and direction to those directly involved in induction and help ECTs to not only meet the teaching standards but also look towards their longer-term professional development.
Appropriate objectives provide a basis for reviewing ECT progress, and enable them and their induction tutor to identify both the aspects of the induction programme that are supporting development and any areas in which improvements may need to be made. Objectives in the induction period need to be carefully thought through and designed to meet the individual needs and circumstances of each ECT.
Objectives need to be challenging but realistic, with a precise focus linked to the teaching standards in any action plans, making it easier to review progress and provide evidence in the assessment reports. It is important to identify the support that ECTs will require in order to meet the objectives. This support includes identifying who will be responsible for what, and when activities will take place - all should be documented.
If at any point there are concerns that an ECT may not meet the teaching standards by the end of induction, the headteacher/induction tutor should act early to ensure further support is arranged and documented in the form of an additional support action plan. Statutory induction may be extended in certain circumstances and these are laid out in the regulations and detailed in the statutory guidance - any such decision must involve discussions with and be made final by the appropriate body for induction (LA) - not the school/college.
NB: please avoid using the word ‘fail’ until the final term of a 2-year induction as doing so beforehand causes unnecessary panic. An ECT cannot 'pass' or 'fail' an induction term or an individual year, they can only pass or fail induction at the end i.e. the end of the fully completed 2-year induction period.
Training courses (CPD)…
In addition to statutory engagement with the professional development of the Early Career Framework (ECF) coming into force this September, we will still be offering a number of very popular (optional) training courses targeted at ECTs. These courses will soon be listed under the 'available courses' button on your dashboard when signed into NQT (ECT) Manager.
In addition to these courses there are vast number of specialist / phase / subject specific courses available from One Education who provide a comprehensive list of CPD opportunities every school term throughout the academic year. For further details, please visit their website.
If you are interested in any of these courses for yourself or your ECT, please remember to liaise with/notify your finance office as the majority of their courses do incur a fee.