Schools, education and childcare Early career teacher (ECT) induction support

All teachers who hold qualified teacher status (QTS) must, by law, complete statutory ECT induction satisfactorily to continue teaching without restrictions in England.

From September 2021 as part of DfE reforms and national rollout of the Early Career Framework (ECF), statutory induction will become a 2-year process for all new starters starting induction replacing the previous 1-year format. Additionally, from September newly qualified teachers (NQTs) will now be referred to as early career teachers (ECTs).

As an appropriate body we have key quality assurance responsibilities in relation to statutory ECT induction and each year are tasked with providing efficient, high-quality support and monitoring to Manchester schools, colleges and ECTs in line with statutory requirements.

ECT induction support

If you are an ECT employed within the boundary of Manchester City Council, visit our induction support site for your induction guidance, which outlines what to expect, what is expected of you and who to contact if things seem to be going wrong.

All ECTs must be registered for induction by the relevant person at the school or college. This should be the headteacher, principal, induction tutor/lead or business/HR manager. Registration is a legal requirement. If an ECT is not registered for induction, legally they are not under induction and induction cannot be backdated (nor can the ECF).

Schools and colleges for whom we are the appropriate body, visit ECT Manager to register your ECT(s) for statutory induction. If you are an ECT and you’re not sure if you have been registered for induction, talk to your school or college.

Important information regarding the Early Career Framework (ECF)

It’s important to note that the ECF is professional development that underpins and does not replace statutory induction. Key statutory requirements for induction remain meaning ECTs must still be registered for induction with an appropriate body for induction and support, monitoring and assessment remain a requirement. National ECF providers are not and cannot be appropriate bodies for induction and the ECF is not and must not be used as an assessment framework, ECTs must be assessed against the government teacher standards only.

Manchester local authority appropriate body contacts

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