Lack of time and capacity hampering early career teacher mentoring

A lack of time and capacity for the mentoring of new teachers is hampering the roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) and threatening ITT placements.

The ECF, which came into force in September, increased the induction period for teachers in England to two years and includes guaranteed mentoring support and CPD.

It means that all ECTs going through induction must have an induction tutor and an induction mentor. The new role of induction mentor is a distinct role to that of the tutor. Mentors must offer mentoring sessions to provide targeted feedback and offer or source effective support, including subject or phase-specific coaching.

However, research from the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) finds that 87.5 per cent of teacher educators feel that school mentors do not have sufficient time and capacity to support their early career teachers (ECTs) as per the ECF statutory induction guidance (DfE, 2021); 97 per cent of ITT providers are also concerned.

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