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Induction checklist - England

A checklist of good practice for ECTs (formerly NQTs) (and QTLS). 


Induction in England is now delivered through the Early Career framework (ECF) and provides you with two years of support and CPD materials and activities. Further information is available in our Guide to Induction and on the National Education Union (NEU) website.

If the answer to any of the questions below is NO then, as a newly qualified NEU member, you should discuss the matter with your workplace representative, in the first instance. Ask a colleague if you are unsure who your representative is. If there is no representative in your workplace you should contact the NEU on 0345 811 8111.

  • Are you currently a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) – (QTLS only)?
  • Have you been assigned an induction tutor in school?
  • ECTs in England, do you know who your mentor is, as well as your induction tutor?
  • Have you been provided with a schedule for all your induction activities, including observations, professional reviews of progress, and Early Career Framework professional development activities?
  • Do you receive copies of all written records relating to your assessment?
  • Have you been given the name of someone at the appropriate body with whom you can raise concerns about your induction?
  • Are you satisfied with the content and/or delivery of your induction programme?
  • Do you receive your entitlement to a reduced teaching load? The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) states you must not teach for more than 90 per cent of the time of other main pay range teachers (without responsibility points) in the school. In your second year, you must not teach for more than 95 per cent of normal teaching time. Is this in addition to your 10 per cent PPA time?
  • Are you receiving your salary on time?
  • Do you feel your job description is reasonable?
  • Are you teaching the age range and/or subjects for which you have been employed to teach (England)?
  • Have you got the resources to support the pupils in your class?
  • If you are working as a supply teacher with a contract of a term or more, has your head teacher agreed in advance that the period of your employment will count towards induction?
  • Have you received your contract of employment, timetable, induction support arrangements and all relevant school policies?
  • Do you feel confident that you know what is expected of you during your induction period, including what records and evidence you need to keep?
  • Do you have easy access to a copy of the Department for Education statutory guidance on induction?
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New teachers

Advice for teachers starting out in their careers, known as Early Career Teachers (ECT) in England and Northern Ireland and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) in Wales.

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