Two-year support package to boost retention of new teachers

A new Early Career Framework is to offer teachers a two-year induction, with trained mentors, structured support and tax-free retention bursaries from 2020 and 2021. Pete Henshaw takes a look

A funded two-year induction support package for all new teachers, retention bursaries, specialist qualifications to support teachers to stay in the classroom, and a proposal to scrap floor and coasting accountability standards.

These are among the measures in the government’s long-awaited Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which was published on Monday (January 28).

At the heart of the strategy is a new Early Career Framework (ECF) – also published on Monday – which will “underpin an entitlement to a fully funded, two-year package of structured support for early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence”.

The ECF will extend the induction period to two years. It will safeguard NQTs’ 10 per cent protected off-timetable time in their first year of teaching and will introduce five per cent protected off-timetable time in the second year. There will also be guaranteed support from trained mentors.

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