ECT induction mentors: who to choose and how to support them

Induction mentors play an important role in early career teacher (ECT) induction. Read up on the best candidates and ways you can support them in their role.

Last reviewed on 6 May 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Induction mentors - who they are and what they do
  2. Mentors help ECTs receive an ECF-based induction
  3. Experience is key
  4. Good teaching is good teaching - regardless of the subject
  5. Time is a factor - understand the commitment
  6. Use the mentor training you’re offered
  7. Tutors and mentors are different roles - help them work together
  8. Mentor training is not a one-time thing

Induction mentors - who they are and what they do

All early career teachers (ECTs) going through induction must have an induction tutor and an induction mentor. 

Induction mentors will:

  • Regularly meet with the ECT for structured mentoring sessions to provide targeted feedback
  • Work with the ECT and colleagues to make sure the ECT receives a high-quality early career framework (ECF)-based induction programme
  • Provide, or broker, effective support, including subject- or phase-specific coaching
  • Take prompt action if the ECT is having difficulties

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