The Pre-September 2021 cohort (legacy NQTs)
ECTs who, on 1 September 2021, had started but not completed their induction, hereafter referred to as ‘the pre-September 2021 cohort’ have until 1 September 2023 to complete induction within three terms.
If an ECT in the pre-September 2021 cohort has concluded their three-term induction before 1 September 2023 but the appropriate body decides that an extension period is required in order to evidence meeting the Teachers’ Standards which takes the ECT past 1 September 2023, they will only need to complete the agreed period of extension.
Where possible, schools should have regard to the amended statutory guidance (April 2023) in relation to ECTs who began their statutory induction before 1 September 2021. For example, where possible these ECTs should have an ECF-based induction and a mentor for the remainder of their one-year induction. This is to be decided by the headteacher and appropriate body given what is most appropriate in the circumstances and considering what proportion of the induction period remains to be served.
After 1 September 2023, when the transition period ends, all ECTs (with the exception of those in the pre-September 2021 cohort who have already concluded their three-term induction, as set out above) will be required to complete a two-year induction period. These ECTs should not restart induction, but rather complete the remaining period of a two-year induction. It is expected that they will be able to access ECF support and entitlements for the remainder of their induction.