Personalising the induction programme...
Each ECT should have an individual programme of professional development, support, monitoring and assessment. The programme is planned by your induction tutor together with you and should:
- Provide you with access to the early career framework (applicable to post Sept 2021 ECTs)
- 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 your previous experiences during and where relevant, since training
- In an FE institution or sixth form college should provide you with the required school experience and placement for teaching children of compulsory school age (safety permitting)
- Allow rapid advancement towards excellence in teaching, taking account of/and in relation to the government teacher 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 (safety permitting)
- 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 you and your induction tutor and mentor 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 you to not only meet the teacher standards but also look towards your longer-term professional development.
Appropriate objectives provide a basis for reviewing your progress, and enable you and your 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 your individual needs and circumstances.
Objectives need to be challenging but realistic, with a precise focus linked to the teacher standards in any action plans, making it easier to review progress and provide evidence in formal assessment reports. It is important to identify the support that you 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 regularly documented.
If at any point there are concerns that you may not meet the teacher standards by the end of induction, the headteacher/induction tutor/lead should act early to ensure further support is arranged and documented in the form of an additional support action plan targeting areas of the government standards causing concern and outlining the support being put in place, by who and when inc. timeline for review. 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 - not the school/college.
NB: All parties should avoid using the word ‘fail’ until the final term of a 2-year induction as doing so beforehand causes unnecessary panic. You cannot 'pass' or 'fail' an individual term, you can only pass or fail induction at the end i.e. the end of a fully completed 2-year induction period (1-year for pre-Sept 21 ECTs)
Training courses (CPD)…
In addition to engagement with the professional development of the Early Career Framework (ECF) now in force as of September 2021, we offer a number of very popular (optional) training courses targeted at ECTs. These courses are listed on this site under the 'CPD Opportunities' section and also under the 'available courses' button on your dashboard when signed in to 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, please liaise with your induction tutor/lead or mentor and remember to notify your finance office as the majority of their courses do incur a fee.