The SecEd Podcast: Early Career Teachers: Thriving & Surviving

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

In this episode, we offer advice to early career teachers (ECTs) to help them thrive during their first year/s of teaching. We look at common challenges, key areas of practice (pedagogy, assessment, SEND, workload, wellbeing & more), and how to get the most from your mentor...

The discussion features two ECTs (first year and second year) as well as an experienced mentor. We touch upon common challenges for new teachers and the biggest challenges so far this term as well as advice for ECTs across key areas including SEND, work/life balance & workload, lesson-planning, differentiation, self-care/wellbeing and more.

We look at coaching and mentoring: What are the essentials to make this support effective? How can ECTs to get the most from their mentors? We also discuss the new Early Career Framework including any notable challenges and end the discussion with some recommendations for further reading and other support.

This episode is hosted by Bukky Yusuf, a senior leader and educational coach who is also a member of the SecEd editorial board. Our guests are:

  • Keira Duffin, an ECT in their first year of teaching at a secondary school in the South West of England.
  • Caitlin Tubby, an ECT in their second year of teaching at a secondary school in Northumberland.
  • Yamina Bibi, an assistant headteacher in her 12th year of teaching, who has had experience of being a professional induction mentor for ECTs.

You can listen to this episode of the SecEd Podcast above. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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