After Recruiting - Step Three
Appoint an Induction Tutor
and Induction Mentor to the ECT...
The school should appoint an Induction Tutor (for the support and assessment element of induction) and an Induction Mentor (for the training element of induction).
Paragraph 2.41 of the ECT Guidance says:
The headteacher/principal should identify a person to act as the ECT’s induction tutor, to provide regular monitoring and support, and coordination of assessment.
The induction tutor is expected to hold QTS and have the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in this role and be able to assess the ECT’s progress against the Teachers’ Standards.
This is a very important element of the induction process and the induction tutor must be given sufficient time to carry out the role effectively and to meet the needs of the ECT.
The induction tutor will need to be able to make rigorous and fair judgements about the ECT’s progress in relation to the Teachers’ Standards - they will need to be able to recognise when early action is needed in the case of an ECT who is experiencing difficulties.
Schools should consider limiting the number of ECTs supported by an individual Induction Tutor.
Paragraph 2.42 of the ECT Guidance says:
The headteacher/principal should identify a person to act as the ECT’s mentor, to provide regular mentoring.
The mentor is expected to hold QTS and have the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in this role.
Mentoring is a very important element of the induction process and the mentor is expected to be given adequate time to carry out the role effectively and to meet the needs of the ECT - this includes attending regular mentoring sessions and mentor training where appropriate.
Each ECT at the school should ideally have a unique Induction Mentor, unless being Induction Mentor to multiple ECTs is a key role of the Induction Mentor's position.
Can Induction Tutor and Induction Mentor be the same person?
Paragraph 2.43 of the ECT Guidance says:
The mentor and the induction tutor are two discrete roles with differing responsibilities and it is expected that these roles should be held by different individuals.
In exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary for the headteacher to designate a single teacher to fulfil both roles - which may be the headteacher/principal themselves - where this is the case, the headteacher should ensure that the induction tutor understands that they are fulfilling two discrete roles and that adequate safeguards are put in place to ensure that the mentoring support offered to the ECT is not conflated with assessment of the ECT against the Teachers’ Standards.
If numbers of potential supporting staff are limited in a school, you may want to consider having one ECT's Induction Tutor being another ECT's Induction Mentor - that way, the different roles are kept separated.