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Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

Supporting Early Career Teachers to thrive in their first year: a guide for secondary schools (September 2021)

Summary

The aim of this guide by Dr Simon Gibbons and Dr Elizabeth Rushton (KCL) is to provide evidence and guidance to assist schools’ efforts in supporting those Early Career Teachers (ECTs) who have trained during the 2019- 2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, whose training has been profoundly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. These trainees are now working as teachers in secondary schools across the UK, and are therefore in need of practical, targeted advice and support to improve their classroom readiness, strengthen their practice and ultimately improve their chances of staying in the profession.

The aim of this guide is to provide evidence and guidance to assist schools’ efforts in
supporting those Early Career Teachers (ECTs) who have trained during the 2019-
2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, whose training has been profoundly disrupted
by the Covid-19 pandemic. These trainees are now working as teachers in secondary
schools across the UK, and are therefore in need of practical, targeted advice and
support to improve their classroom readiness, strengthen their practice and ultimately
improve their chances of staying in the profession.


The findings and recommendations presented here are based on evidence gathered in
a dedicated research project run by researchers from King’s College London. They
draw on over 140 survey responses and interviews with secondary school trainee
teachers, school leaders, mentors and university tutors conducted between September
2020 and July 2021.

A full copy of the guide is available to download below.

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