Last reviewed on 25 July 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Pupil referral units

Download and adapt our model policy for early career teacher (ECT) induction.

Download our ECT induction model policy


Academies that don't offer statutory induction don't have to have an ECT policy.

Check if you need to extend the induction period due to absence

Normally, ad-hoc absences by an ECT totalling 30 days or more would automatically extend their induction by the total number of days absent.

However, there is an exception for ECTs who were absent for 30 days or more due to coronavirus up until 1 September 2022. They won't have their induction automatically extended if they meet the Teachers' Standards.

Absences of 30 days or more in a different period