Progress Reviews and Formal AssessmentsInduction Support for Early Career Teachers (ECTs)

Progress Reviews and Formal Assessments

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 also be completed for each ECT...

Under the new arrangements, at the end of each formal assessment period (year 1 and year 2), the headteacher/principal will send an assessment reporting on your progress towards meeting/fully embedding 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 in the final formal assessment whether or not you have successfully met these teaching standards.

In terms of progress reviews and formal assessments, the statutory guidance places the following expectations on  you, your induction tutor/lead, 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 by your induction tutor at the end of each term where a formal assessment is not due.  Review meetings should also be held with you at the end of each term and these meetings are an opportunity for you and your induction tutor 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 you and your induction tutor should be properly prepared before the progress review meeting.

For your induction tutor, this includes seeking feedback from mentors and other colleagues who have, for example, run specialist induction sessions or observed you in the classroom.

For you, although not statutory, this may include maintaining a self-reflection (login required - available from the 'resources' section on ECT Manager) and/or a portfolio of evidence, identifying gaps in knowledge, self-evaluation against the government teaching standards, CPD, etc.



End of year formal assessments…

Formal assessments are to be completed by your induction tutor 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 you prior to submission of the end of year formal assessment form and these meetings provide an opportunity for your tutor to discuss with you what they will be writing about you in the assessment - there should be no surprises !

Meetings should be informed by descriptive evidence of your professional practice against the government 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 teaching standards and your individual needs and strengths.

The outcomes of the final formal assessment meeting (end of year 2) provide an opportunity for you and your induction tutor to take stock of what has been achieved over the induction period and prepare you for involvement in performance management/appraisal arrangements should induction be completed sucessfully.


Evidence of progress towards meeting the 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 you are making progress towards meeting the teaching standards. However, we advise that you carry out regular self-evaluations regarding your own progress and we have put together a self reflection/evaluation sheet (login required - available from the 'resources' section on ECT Manager) which should assist you with this. Self-evaluation and using this sheet is not a statutory requirement for induction nor is maintaining a portfolio of evidence against each standard, however, it is good practice for you to maintain one.


What if things seem to be going wrong ? …

It is important that you are an active participant in your own induction so it is very important that you maintain a dialogue with your induction tutor and other colleagues. Your school/college will be aware through the statutory guidance and appropriate body training that if an ECT is experiencing difficulties/performance related issues they need to respond early through the provision of appropriate additional monitoring and targeted support. If you have other issues with your induction, in the first instance please address your concerns through the appropriate channels within the school/college.

If you do not feel that your concerns are being addressed and you would like further guidance then please contact:  Jay Sweeney - Assistant Lead at:

It is important to appreciate that the recommendation that you pass or fail induction is not made until the end of a fully completed induction.  You cannot 'pass' or 'fail' an individual term - you can only pass or fail induction at the end.   Progress reviews and formal assessments will say whether or not you are making satisfactory progress towards embedding the teaching standards. We encourage all concerned not to use the word ‘fail’ until the final term of a 2-year induction (1-year for pre-September 2021 ECTs/NQTs).


Induction Appeals...

Should you fail induction, it is possible to appeal the decision. For full details, please see here