Last reviewed on 5 May 2022
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 from 1 September 2021. Refer to our newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction model policy for those who started induction before 1 September 2021.

Download our ECT induction model policy


  • Designed for you to adapt to suit your school's context
  • In line with good practice and requirements that schools offer an early career framework (ECF)-based induction programme
  • For new teachers beginning their induction on or after 1 September 2021
  • Approved by Forbes Solicitors

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

Download our NQT induction model policy (for those who started induction before 1 September 2021)


NQTs who've already started their induction but won't finish it before 1 September 2021 (also known as 'transitional ECTs'), have until 1 September 2023 to complete induction within 3 terms as outlined in the previous statutory guidance on NQT induction - and they should continue to refer to this previous guidance. However,