Resources for your ECT years


Life as an early career teacher can be daunting, but it also brings with it many rewards that make the challenges worthwhile.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of resources available to support ECTs as they wade through their first years of teaching.

From guidance on lesson planning and marking techniques to other means of support and help with maintaining a healthy work-life balance, here are some of the most useful…

Tes (Times Education Supplement)

With resources available to support ECTs with the key parts of the role, Tes is a useful tool for those needing planners, diaries, marking stickers and a host of other handy ideas.

Most resources can be accessed for free or for a small fee, giving ECTs the essentials they may need.


With several ECT starter packs, checklists and other resources, Twinkl has downloadable tips and guidance for those embarking on their primary or secondary level teaching journey.

Checklists can be an invaluable resource as you look to put your training into practice, while there is also guidance on how to create a classroom environment that can be beneficial to children’s learning.

Other guidance for ECTs on behaviour management and on overcoming some of the initial challenges of the role is also available.

Teach Primary

Some further tips for early career teachers on everything from preparation and planning to overcoming nerves can be found at Teach Primary.

When it comes to knowing the essentials for that first day in a new school setting, it’s exactly what an ECT needs.

The official government website is another go-to resource for any ECT, as it contains key information relating to the induction process in schools and what to expect.

This can be key, as you can then know what criteria you are being judged against throughout your ECT induction year.

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