Early Career Teachers (ECTs)

There are a number or resources that Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and school leaders should be aware of, including the induction process. 

Statutory Guidance

There are a number or resources that Early Career Teachers and school leaders should be aware of, including:

  • The induction process for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) is underpinned by DfE statutory guidance and school leaders should have regard to this guidance when running their inductions.

  • The Teachers' Standards apply to all teachers completing their statutory induction period.

Key Documents

  • ECT Induction handbook 2021-22
  • ECT and Tutor Induction session powerpoint September 2021
  • Forms
  • Key dates 2021-2023  

Local contact

Waltham Forest Council has a dedicated ECT Coordinator. A wide range of local guidance documents to help schools meet their statutory responsibilities with regards to the induction of ECTs has been produced. If you have any further questions please contact Sylvia Harper, ECT Coordinator.

ECT Training Programmes

There are three approaches to enable the delivery of an ECF-based induction. Schools can choose:

  • a funded provider-led programme
  • to deliver their own training using DfE-accredited materials and resources
  • to design and deliver their own ECF-based induction

State-funded schools can choose to work with one of 6 providers accredited by DfE. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘full induction programme’.

Ambition

Best Practice

Capita

Education Development Trust

Teach First

UCL Institute of Education

ECF Core Induction Programme Suppliers

The Department for Education has selected four expert teacher training providers who have each developed their own core induction programme based on the ECF:

Some schools may choose to design and deliver their own two-year induction programme, including materials and training, for early career teachers and their mentors based on the ECF.

ECT Manager

NQT Manager is Waltham Forest's online NQT support and induction management system. It allows you to register your NQTs and submit their electronic assessments securely online. Users logged into WF Traded Services can download guidance documents related to the system below, which include:

  • 'NQT Manager' Head Teacher User Manual
  • 'NQT Manager' Induction Coordinator User Manual
  • 'NQT Manager' FAQs

Recruiting, inducting and managing teachers

Recruit teachers from overseas : How schools can hire teachers who are not UK or Irish nationals 

How accredited initial teacher training (ITT) providers can recruit trainees who are not UK or Irish nationals 

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment 

 

Induction relating to Irish Qualified Teachers

Specific eligibility and qualification requirements must be met by applicants seeking to apply for registration under the Covid-19 Amendment Regulation (CAR). These requirements are:

1. Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent)

You must have qualified as a teacher outside of Ireland and gained Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent (completion of an accredited programme of initial teacher education) in the country in which you qualified. However, you have not completed the statutory period of induction required in the country in which you have qualified.

Evidence of Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent must be provided from the competent authority in the country that you have completed your qualification (e.g. Teaching Council equivalent body/ Department/Ministry of Education).

2(a) Qualification Requirements – Primary Applicants

If applying for primary registration, you must have:

• a primary teacher education qualification aimed at 4 to 12-year-olds which is comparable to the standard of Irish graduates, save for the Irish language requirement (ILR) (which will be applied as a condition to your registration).

2(b) Qualification Requirements - Post-Primary Applicants

If applying for post-primary registration you must have:

• a post-primary teacher education qualification aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds which is comparable to the standard of Irish graduates, save for the History and Structure of the Irish Education system (which will be a condition attached to your registration)

and

• meet the requirements for at least one curricular subject.

Curricular Subject Requirement

In relation to the curricular subject requirement, you must refer to the Council’s Curricular Subject Requirements (Post-Primary). As part of your application you will be required to fill in a CAR-Subject Declaration Form (SDF) outlining how you meet the requirement for at least one subject as part of your application.

You will be registered for the curricular subject(s) for which your qualification(s) meet the requirements in full. If your qualification(s) do not fully meet the requirements for any curricular subject, you may be registered for the subject for which your qualification(s) is closest to meeting requirements (subject to conditions) as determined by the Council.

Your application cannot be processed without evidence of Qualified Teacher Status/ completion of an accredited programme of primary or post-primary initial teacher education in the country in which you qualified. This evidence can be obtained from the competent authority in the country that you have completed your qualification (e.g. Teaching Council equivalent body/ Department/Ministry of Education).

If applying for post-primary registration you must have

  • a post-primary focused (12-18 years) teacher education qualification which is equivalent to the standard of Irish graduates, (save for the History and Structure of the Irish Education system which will be a condition attached to your registration) and meet the requirements for at least one curricular subject (for further information on curricular subject requirements see question 5b below.).

The History and Structure of the Irish Education System requirement will be applied as a condition to your registration. Teachers may be registered on a conditional basis for a maximum of three years as this requirement is being fulfilled. Failure to address this condition will result in your registration lapsing.

Applicants who qualified out of State and did complete the statutory period of induction and applicants who qualified out of State where a period of induction is not required (e.g. Northern Ireland) must apply under the Post-primary (PPQA) or Primary (PRQA) assessment process using the PPQA-01 or PRQA-01 application forms.

When logged into WF Traded Services you can download the below guidelines for induction in the UK relating to Irish qualified teachers, which include:

  • Induction Programme in UK for Irish qualified teachers
  • Form B - Certification of Post-Qualification Teaching Employment (PQE) in Non-Pilot Schools (POST-PRIMARY TEACHERS ONLY)
  • Form C - Notification of the Completion of the Probationary Condition (PRIMARY TEACHERS ONLY)

Please note: There is a time period (expiry date) for respective registration conditions. NQTs from Ireland are normally required to fulfil their registration conditions within three years of initial registration. Failures to satisfactorily fulfil conditions within the defined period of time may result in a teacher's registration lapsing.

The Form B will need to be filled in by a Secondary trainee teacher detailing that they have completed 300 hours of post-qualification employment (PQE) in the school. This will fulfil the requirements for the PQE condition. The induction guidelines are the same for post-primary teachers as they are for primary teachers. The trainee teacher will need to provide both a letter from their school detailing that they have completed an induction period and a letter from the appropriate body confirming the same. This will fulfil the requirements for the Induction condition.

The Form C will need to be completed by a Primary trainee teacher and submitted with a satisfactory statement of completion to the Teaching Council in Ireland.

Induction for Mentors 

Step by step instructions on Induction for Mentors.

Last update: Friday 15th of October 2021 02:00:19 PM