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Posted on 13 May 2022

As we approach the next academic year, which will be the first time two cohorts of first and second year ECTs will be in the system together, the Department for Education has asked appropriate bodies to remind schools about the importance of ensuring that timetabling for next academic year includes sufficient time off timetable as per the Statutory induction guidance available from the GOV.UK website. This includes ensuring that:

  • ECTs have 10% in year 1 and 5% in year 2; and that
  • Mentors have sufficient time to carry out their role effectively – both to:
    • undertake mentor training (for those on funded training programmes); and
    • plan and hold mentor sessions with their ECT(s)
  • Mentoring sessions would normally be expected to be during normal teaching hours.

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