Set up your school’s early career teacher training programme: step by step

What’s different about the new 2-year programme

From September 2021, statutory induction for early career teachers (also known as NQTs) will change as part of the early career framework (ECF) reforms. Read more about the reforms in our guidance.

All early career teachers (ECTs) are now entitled to a funded 2-year induction programme. This includes structured training and support to help them get their teaching career off to the best possible start.

Your school still needs to have an appropriate body in place.

When to set up your school’s programme

Any school that offers statutory induction needs to follow the steps below as soon as possible.

  1. Step 1 Tell us whether or not you expect ECTs to join you in this academic year

    We recommend you do this as soon as possible, even if you’re not sure.

    Use our service to tell us about your ECTs.

    If you answer ‘no’, you do not need to complete any more steps. Your school will not receive any more messages about statutory inductions for early career teachers until the next academic year.

    You can contact us if things change and ECTs do join your school this academic year.

  2. Step 2 Nominate an induction tutor to manage your school’s programme

    You need to do this as soon as possible if you expect ECTs to join your school this academic year, or if you’re not sure.

    1. Check what an induction tutor needs to do
    2. Nominate the induction tutor for your school
  3. Step 3 Choose how to run your programme

    Your school’s induction tutor needs to do this as soon as possible. ECTs cannot begin their statutory induction until a training programme is in place.

    Option 1

    Use a DfE-funded training provider - available for state-funded schools only

    Option 2

    Use DfE-accredited materials to deliver your own programme

    Option 3

    Design and deliver your own ECF-based programme

    If you choose option 3, you do not need to complete the steps listed below.

  4. Step 4 Select a DfE-funded training partner

    If you choose to use a training provider, your induction tutor needs to select from the 6 available options as soon as possible.

    1. Compare DfE-funded training providers

    You can contact your local teaching school hub for guidance.

    You must confirm your choice of training provider directly with the provider. You do not need to let the DfE know which provider you choose. They’ll contact us to let us know.

  5. or Select your DfE-accredited materials

    If you choose to deliver your own programme with accredited materials, your induction tutor needs to select materials as soon as possible.

    1. Compare DfE-accredited materials
    2. Tell us which materials you want to use
  6. Step 5 Add ECTs and their mentors to your training cohort

    Your induction tutor needs to tell us each ECTs name and email address as soon as possible. We also need this contact information for the mentors you’ve assigned to work with them.

    We’ll contact each ECT and mentor to ask them for more information. We’ll use this to check they’re eligible for this funded training and support.

    1. Check what a mentor needs to do
    2. Tell us about your 2021 to 2022 ECTs and mentors

    If your school has chosen to design and deliver your own ECF-based programme, you do not need to complete this step.

  7. Step 6 Begin your school’s training programme

    Each ECT should start their training programme as soon as they begin their statutory induction. This can be at any point in the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

    Your next step depends on which way you choose to run your programme.

    If you’re using a DfE-funded training provider

    They’ll contact you directly about what to do next.

    If you’re using DfE-accredited materials to deliver your own programme

    We’ll send your induction tutor, ECTs and mentors a link to access the materials you choose.

    If you’re designing and delivering your own programme

    You need to plan and create your materials.

    Contact your appropriate body to find out more about next steps.