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Early Career Framework: Which delivery model is best?

The Early Career Framework reforms come into action in September, but schools face some difficult decisions around delivery models and providers. Sara Ford advises

Induction: it has been part of our lexicon since the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 and has been a requirement for all NQTs since the Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 1999 were introduced.

It is a policy that has had a special place in my heart as the induction appeal arrangements were one of the first policy programmes that I led as a civil servant at the then Department for Education and Employment. And things have been, pretty much, the same for NQTs ever since. Until now that is.

So, what is changing?

For starters, the terminology: “newly qualified teacher” is being dropped in favour of “early career teacher” (ECT) from September 2021. This is not a stylistic change, it is being used to better reflect the fact that the new arrangements will see the induction period extended to two years (extended pro-rata for part-time ECTs).

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