Check what each person needs to do in the early career teacher training programme

Teachers will need to do different things to prepare for and complete the early career teacher (ECT) training programme, depending on their role.

You can read the full list of responsibilities for each role in section 5 of the statutory guidance (opens in a new tab).


This new role has been introduced as part of the early career framework (ECF) reforms (opens in a new tab).

Mentor responsibilities include:

  • working with your school to make sure ECTs receive a high-quality induction programme
  • meeting regularly with their ECTs to provide support and feedback
  • providing or arranging mentoring and coaching around specific phases and subject areas

Induction Tutor

This role has different responsibilities to a mentor. These include:

  • providing or coordinating the induction programme for your early career teachers (ECTs)
  • carrying out assessments and regular progress reviews

An induction tutor should only assign themself as a mentor in exceptional circumstances.

If your school needs you to do this, you should:

  • make sure you can take on the full responsibilities of both roles
  • put safeguards in place to separate mentoring from assessment sessions

Use your judgement to apply the best and fairest process for your ECTs and your school. If you need more guidance, contact your appropriate body.

Early career teacher (ECT)

The ECT’s responsibilities include:

  • providing evidence that they have QTS and are eligible to start induction
  • meeting with their induction tutor to discuss, agree and review priorities for their induction programme