Early Career Teachers

Welcome to Lancashire's Page for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and their Mentors, Induction Tutors and Headteachers

Lancashire's ECT Induction Steering Group is delighted that:

• As an ECT you have made the decision to begin or continue your teaching career in Lancashire.
• As a school you have committed to supporting the induction of an ECT.

Lancashire is a vibrant and beautiful place to both live and work, with a rich and long-standing industrial, cultural and sporting heritage.

On an annual basis, Lancashire County Council works with over 500 schools and their Induction Tutors. These schools employ over 500 ECTs working in a broad range of contexts – from small, rural primary schools to large urban, secondary schools working in partnership with the Catholic, Church of England and Methodist Diocese. We also work with an increasing number of Independent Schools, Academies, Sixth Form, FE Colleges and schools based outside of Lancashire.

All staff who work in Lancashire's schools contribute to the Council's vision for its residents, that:

"at Lancashire County Council we are helping you to make Lancashire the best place to live,
work, visit and prosper."

The ECT Steering Group supports this aim by overseeing and quality assuring the induction process within schools, through the provision of a range of advice, guidance, support and professional development opportunities for ECTs and their Induction Tutors.

ECT Statutory Induction

ECT induction is a statutory process with several key requirements:

• Statutory induction is now a 2-year process for all teachers starting their induction period from 1st September 2021. (If you started your induction period prior to 1st September 2021, please see 1-Year ECT Induction section for more details)

• ECTs must have a reduced timetable of 10% ECT time in Year 1 and 5% in Year 2 which must be in addition to statutory 10% PPA time for all teachers

• All ECTs are entitled to an induction programme that is underpinned by the Early Career Framework (ECF)

• An induction tutor and a mentor will need to be assigned to each ECT (they are expected to be different individuals, experienced, hold QTS and must be allowed sufficient time to carry out the role)

• Regular one-to-one mentoring sessions with a designated mentor (with QTS)

• Observation of the ECT's teaching with written feedback provided

• ECT's observation of experienced teachers either in the ECT's own institution or another institution where effective practice has been identified

• Support and guidance from a designated induction tutor (with QTS) who will also coordinate progress reviews and assessment of the ECT against the Teachers' Standards

• Completion of progress reviews by the induction tutor with the ECT every term where a formal assessment is not scheduled (terms 1,2,4 and 5)

• Completion of formal assessments by the induction tutor or Headteacher/Principal with the ECT at the end of Year 1 and Year 2 (terms 3 and 6)

In addition, the governing body must be satisfied that the institution has the capacity to support the ECT and that the headteacher/principal is fulfilling their responsibilities.

For further detail on the ECT statutory induction entitlements, please see Statutory Guidance for ECT Induction

Training Courses

We offer a wide range of courses to support ECTs during their induction.

Early Career Framework

All ECTs starting their statutory induction from 1st September 2021 are entitled to 2 years of high-quality professional development support based on the Early Career Framework (ECF). The early career framework sets out what early career teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers.

It's vitally important to note that the ECF does not replace statutory induction and must not be used as an assessment framework.

Step 1: Choose an approach for delivery of the ECF-based induction

There are 3 approaches to enable the delivery of an ECF-based induction. It is up to school leaders to choose the approach that best suits the needs of their early career teachers and mentors.

Partnership Agreement

All schools are expected to sign a partnership agreement which outlines the respective duties of the school and of the appropriate body, in supporting induction.

Statutory Guidance and Supporting Documents

Please find below links to statutory documentation that will help you through the induction process.

ECT Charges

2-year ECTs

Termly Progress Reviews

£55 per ECT in an SSG School

£85 per ECT in a non-SSG School and £55 for each subsequent ECT


£55 per ECT in an SSG School

£85 per ECT in a non-SSG School and £55 for each subsequent ECT

DfE Accredited Materials to Deliver your own Training - Fidelity Check £300 per school
Design and Deliver your own in-School ECF-based Induction - Fidelity Check £600 per school


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