ECT resources to plan for September starts


Setting foot in a new classroom to start your ECT years might seem daunting as you step into the unknown, but a little preparation is key to making the most of your opportunity.

Here we’ve hand-picked some of the best resources to help get ready for your ECT induction, designed to help you enter the classroom feeling confident and ready to make your teaching career a success.

Know your school policies

As well as general guidance on what to expect from your school, you’ll also want to check their behaviour management policies and see how they relate to the methods you know.

In addition, we also recommend checking school procedures around safeguarding, teaching and marking at the earliest opportunity, as it can make settling in to your new role slightly easier.

Most of these should be available via your school, with general guidance readily available online, including this from the Department for Education on behaviour and discipline.

The Early Career Framework

Developed by the Department for Education, the Early Career Framework is designed to enable ECTs to focus on learning the essential knowledge and key skills required for life in the classroom.

The tools can be accessed for use in self-study or within school settings and it will be a requirement for all schools to offer all early careers teachers a two-year induction based on the framework from September 2021.

Alongside professional guidance, there’s a plethora of information here designed to help ECTs during their first year in the classroom.

ECTs will continue to be assessed using the Teachers’ Standards over the two-year induction period, so it’s recommended that you also familiarise yourself with those standards.


From inspirational quotes to get you through tough moments to handy tips and official government resources, Twinkl has a wide support offering for ECTs.

There’s also a free support pack for early careers teachers, designed by school staff to help others through their ECT induction year.

In addition, ECTs can sign up to access downloadable content including checklists, taster packs and guidance on teacher training and professional development.

ECT Tips

As you prepare for your induction year, ECT Tips has this handy checklist packed with useful things to remember to help get you through September and beyond.

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