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Supporting your ECTs: A guide for induction tutors

How can induction tutors ensure early career teachers are developing in their practice and thriving at the chalkface? ECT induction tutor Tom Fisher discusses his approach and some of his lessons learned
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Upon my appointment to the ECT induction tutor role at my school, a medium-sized comprehensive school with a culturally diverse cohort and a high proportion of disadvantaged students, I asked myself: “Where do I start?”

Overseeing 13 early career teachers (ECTs) with varying degrees of capabilities and expertise across seven faculty areas, I was challenged to ensure they all progress across the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011) to become fully qualified and competent, permanent teachers at my school.

I was drawn to the role because of the positive impact I felt I could have on the development of inexperienced teachers, which in turn (hopefully) benefits the students and their outcomes – attainment and wellbeing.

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