ECT EntitlementsInduction Support for Early Career Teachers (ECTs)

ECT Entitlements

ECT induction is a statutory process enshrined in the education act and there are a number of key requirements which are often referred to as ECT entitlements.

The following bullet points briefly summarise these features but we recommend that for further clarification you refer to the Statutory Guidance for ECT Induction.  Despite its name this is a very readable document and will answer many of the questions you might have about the induction process. For those who had already started/partially completed induction prior to September 2021, please continue to refer to the previous guidance which remains valid until the DfE transition deadline of 1st September 2023.

The key features of the ECT entitlement are:

  • An induction period that is underpinned by the Early Career Framework (ECF) including a personalised and structured programme of support and professional development activities that takes into account previous training and experience
  • A reduced teaching timetable that consists of 10% ECT time during the 1st year reducing to 5% ECT time in the 2nd year of induction - this must be protected by law.
  • The same amount of PPA time as other colleagues (10%) - this must also be protected by law.
  • The support of an Induction Tutor  (who must be experienced and expected to hold QTS)
  • The support of a Mentor  (who must also be experienced and expected to hold QTS)
  • Regular formal observations with prompt feedback
  • Regular meetings (this may include a half-term review to discuss progress/objectives/targets)
  • A formal assessment at the end of each induction year which if full time would mean a first assessment at the end of year 1 and a final assessment at the end of year 2 (FTE for part-time)
  • Each term where a formal assessment is not due, a progress review is to be completed by your induction tutor and discussed with you - if leaving partway through induction an interim assessment is required
  • The opportunity to discuss, read, sign and add your own comments to the formal assessments and progress reviews at end of term/end of assessment period meetings.

In terms of protected release time, how a reduced timetable is facilitated will vary between schools/colleges. In some cases it will take the form of a regular weekly slot, in other schools/ colleges the time may be aggregated into blocks each half term.  This should be discussed and agreed with you by your induction tutor.  We have provided some  Suggested uses for ECT time 

For formal observations and review meetings, ideally they will be timetabled well in advance and this is something that should be discussed with you in your first meeting with your induction tutor. Formal observations should focus on particular aspects of your practice, which are agreed in advance with the person carrying out the observation. These observations should be supportive and developmental, relate directly to the teacher standards and be accompanied by prompt and constructive feedback. The Early Career Framework (ECF) is not and must not be used as an assessment framework or as a basis for formal lesson observations, progress reviews or assessments.

What to expect…

The following is a brief overview of key steps to be taken in laying the foundation for induction. These steps are covered in further detail in the following sections and in the supporting document links on each page.  Details regarding professional development of the Early Career Framework and completion of ECF modules and sequencing should be provided and discussed with you by your tutor/lead, mentor and as per the ECF route/provider/delivery partner your school/college have chosen to work with.


Please note:  ECT Manager is an online induction management system used by Manchester schools and colleges for whom we are the appropriate body.  They will use the system to complete induction registrations, termly progress reviews and formal assessments when they are due.  Once you have been registered for induction you should receive a welcome email to the email address registered for you by your school/college containing login details and further guidance. If you do not receive this email within 2 weeks of your induction starting, please check your junk/spam - if still not received, please liaise with your Induction Tutor/Lead/Headteacher.


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