Schools and education

Support for Early Career Teachers and Legacy ECTs

We provide support for Early Career Teachers (ECTs), and for Legacy ECTs (previously known as NQTs), and for schools as part of the statutory ECT induction delivery process.

We are the Appropriate Body for York schools, for schools in their cross-border MATs, and for prominent trusts based in neighbouring local authority areas.

Our aim is that ECTs registered with York as the Appropriate Body successfully complete their ECT induction period.

We ensure that:

  • schools provide adequate support for ECTs
  • ECT assessment is fair and consistent
  • The Early Career Framework (ECF) is being delivered

We send enrolment forms to schools to register us as their Appropriate Body. Alternatively, see Useful downloads for ECT Induction Providers.

Note: ECTs cannot start their induction until their Appropriate Body is agreed.

Our ECT Support Service

The ECT Lead Induction Tutor delivers comprehensive support through the induction programme including:

  • welcome meetings for all ECTs
  • guidance on the statutory induction process
  • free support and training for Induction Tutors and Mentors
  • Induction Tutor updates
  • in-school support from the local authority Lead Induction Tutor
  • administration, support and guidance if required
  • reminders of when each progress review and formal assessment is due

Cost of our ECT Support Service

The cost of our service is £100 plus VAT per ECT per year. This is a flat rate applicable for all schools from September 2021 and any additional support required by a school if there are issues with an ECT is free of charge.

Please note that this charge is guaranteed for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years for schools that enrol ECTs on the full ECF programme. We reserve the right to review the charges for schools that opt for the Core or School based ECF route as these will involve the Appropriate Body in Fidelity Checks.

For further information about the ECF please contact your local Teaching School Hub.

ECTs cannot start induction until an Appropriate Body is in place and Qualified Teacher Status checks have been undertaken by the school or organisation delivering the induction.

Please note that the Teaching Regulation Agency will not backdate ECT induction without prior registration, except in the event of systems error.

Change to ECT's contract or hours

Notify us if an ECT’s contract or hours have changed since the last induction period, so that we can calculate revised deadlines. This information is essential for our records and for planning purposes.

Progress Reviews and Formal Assessments

Progress Reviews and Formal Assessments for 2021/22 and 2022/23 for full time ECTs should be submitted within the following windows:

  • 6 December 21 to 14 January 2022: Progress Review 1
  • 28 March 22 to 6 May 2022: Progress Review 2
  • 8 July 22 to 22 July 2022: Formal Assessment 1
  • 5 December 22 to 13 January 2023: Progress Review 3
  • 31 March 23 to 5 May 2023: Progress Review 4
  • 7 July 23 to 21 July 2023: Formal Assessment 2

For part time ECTs schools will be notified of submission dates.

The review and assessment periods are normally for one term for full time ECTs. The commencement date is usually the start of term.

When signing up to the CYC ECT Appropriate Body service schools agree to submit all progress reviews and formal assessments within the submission windows and to do so electronically.

Submit all forms by email to ects@york.gov.uk. If you've submitted forms electronically, you don't need to send them again by post, unless they can't be signed with an e-signature.

Monitoring

All schools that have registered ECTs with York as the Appropriate Body will receive reminders about the dates for submission.

The reviews and assessments will be quality assured by the ECT Lead Induction Tutor, and any issues and/or concerns will be raised with the school.

Further clarification about the induction process is available in the statutory guidance available on the York Education website.

Concerns about an ECT's performance

You must notify the Appropriate Body as soon as possible if you've any concerns regarding an ECT’s performance. The Appropriate Body will give advice and offer support with a view to ensuring that the ECT meets the Teacher Standards to a satisfactory standard. For further guidance please see the Statutory Guidance or contact ects@york.gov.uk.

If an induction extension is required, this must also be agreed with your Appropriate Body.

Data Protection

Please be aware that in line with the DfE ECT Statutory Guidance, para 2.70 we will release assessment forms to the new school and Appropriate Body in the event of an ECT moving schools mid-induction if required. It is essential that only staff involved in the induction process have access to the documentation.

Termination provisions

Although it would not be recommended during the induction period, if a school should wish to de-register York as the appropriate body for an ECT already signed up, then a school should contact ects@york.gov.uk as soon as possible. The ECT will need to be registered with another appropriate body for the induction period to continue. This change will only be able to take place at the end of, and between, completed review and assessment periods and the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA) must also be notified.

Should a school de-register, service charges will not be refunded.

Legacy ECTs - NQTs

We also provide independent quality assurance for the “Legacy” ECT (NQT) induction process as part of our role as an 'Appropriate Body'.

There are special arrangements in place for ECTs who have started induction before September 2021.

For ECTs who have started but not completed induction by September 2021 the previous Statutory Guidance is still applicable.

These ECTs have until the end of 2022/23 to complete induction under the 1 year arrangements.

For those ECTs the Appropriate Body will confirm the dates for assessments and the following documentation should be used. For further advice about this particular cohort please contact ects@york.gov.uk. Also see Useful downloads for Legacy ECTs (NQTs) Induction Providers.


Early Career Teacher documents

Useful downloads for ECT Induction Providers

Useful downloads for Legacy ECT (NQTs) Induction Providers

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School Effectiveness and Achievement

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