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Changes to NQT induction from September 2021


As you may be aware, updates have been made by the Department for Education (DfE) to the  Early Careers Framework reforms which outline proposed changes for September. 

Local arrangements are being created for Gloucestershire schools, but whilst those are being finalised, some of the key points are summarised below :


  • Induction for NQTs (or Early Career Teacher - ECTS) will be increased from one to two years.

  • 10% non-contact time for ECTs will continue in Year 1, with 5% non-contact time in Year 2.

  • Role of mentor / tutor is key and some DfE funding provided for their time in Year 2.

  • Specific funding will be given to schools for each ECT.

  • CPD programmes will all be related to the Early Careers Framework with three options for schools:

1.       Enrol in one of the DfE funded programmes built by national providers (more detail on this option below)

2.       Use freely available online resources for mentor / tutor supported self directed study

3.       Devise and deliver school’s  own programme from the framework.


Discussions are taking place with the Teaching School Hubs  on ways to work as a partnership in order to continue to fulfil the Appropriate Body duties (e.g. registration, reporting, support etc.) and offer the DfE funded programmes locally as a means for all Gloucestershire schools to access Option 1.  This will include the local networking and face to face contact that NQTs have so appreciated in the past. 


Please be assured that information will be released as soon as possible, so that schools can fully consider their options.

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