DfE: Extra induction year designed to boost teacher support


The Department for Education has said that plans for an extra induction year will boost support for trainee teachers.

The department’s deputy director Gareth Conyard has said it will move the teaching profession in line with others such as accountancy and law.

The extra induction year will be part of the new Early Careers Framework (ECF) – set to be introduced in 2020 – which focuses on providing development support for new teachers.

Speaking at the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers’ (NASBTT) annual conference, Mr Conyard moved to ease fears raised by the National Education Union that an extra induction year will see trainee teachers face extra scrutiny, rather than receiving additional support.

“I can’t emphasise enough how important it is that this is not seen as an extra level of scrutiny,” he said. “This is about holding people to account for longer, it’s about creating a system of support and development.”

Initially, the Department for Education had wanted to make teachers wait for two years post training for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), although they changed approach after training organisations warned that such a move may disrupt teacher recruitment.

The new ECF sees QTS awarded after one year of training, although a further two induction years are necessary as part of early career teacher (ECT) training.

At this stage in time, the ECF is due to be piloted across the North East in 2019, with a view to rolling the scheme out nationally in 2020.

NASBTT executive director Emma Hollis has said the ECF will be a “game-changer” if it is properly funded by the government.

A key aspect will relate to finance that is available to cover the additional continued professional development (CPD) that will be required as part of the new framework.

The framework is set to be mandatory and is designed to create consistency across schools when it comes to early years teacher development.