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Early Career Framework: Choosing your school's induction mentors

Under the new Early Career Framework, schools must appoint an induction mentor for their early career teachers. Simon Clark explains the role of the mentor, how you can pick the best candidates, and ways you can support them in their role

With the arrival of the Early Career Framework (ECF) in September, school leaders will be expected to appoint each early career teacher (ECT) with an induction mentor.

Who they are and what they do?

All ECTs going through induction from September 1 must have both an induction tutor and an induction mentor. This new role of induction mentor will fulfil a separate and distinct role to that of the induction tutor.

While the induction tutor’s role is to “provide regular monitoring and support, and coordination of assessment”, as indicated in the statutory guidance (DfE, 2021), the role of the induction mentor is to:

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