If you have one mentor that has an hour meeting with two ECTs, you would receive the funding for your two ECTs and your one mentor. If your 1 mentor has one hour with one ECT and one hour with another ECT then you will receive the funding as if it was two mentors because they are spending twice the one-to-one time.
You can only claim for one lot of training per mentor but on top of this you can then claim for the amount of time each mentor spends in mentor sessions with ECTs.
Do schools have to commit to an ECT for 2 years, for example, we may have appointed an NQT for one year for a maternity cover or temporary post. Can this happen or must it be two years?
There is no requirement to take somebody on for two years and there is a process that all of the lead providers have in place should an ECT wish to move school because that that will happen.
Somebody might stay in a school for the first two years, but we're well aware that it does happen that they will move schools and we will work with you and with the other lead provider and the delivery partner to make sure that the transition for the ECT is really smooth. If they want to move after year one that’s fine and we can facilitate that.
Where would the face to face events be held?
We have an extensive delivery network covering much of England. Our delivery network consists of Teaching School Hubs, MATs and schools groups.
If you as a group of schools want to sign up with us or if you as an individual schoolwant to sign up to us we will find a delivery partner and a network local to you - we do not want somebody travelling 50 to 100 miles.
We accept that there will be some small rural schools where there could be some difficulty but we will do our best to minimise the travel for both mentors and ECTs and find the closest delivery place for you to attend the training.
Will the times of the conferences be flexible, we will have 4 ECTs in a smallish school and cannot release all of our ECTs at the same time.
For the mentor induction conferences, there will be one in June, one in July and one in September. All conferences will be recorded so that people can listen to the recording if they are unable to attend. Regarding the ECT conference, we are looking to hold regional conferences so there will be a range of different times and different days that people can attend.
How does this differ from us using the county NQT induction programme for CPD etc?
Our programme is structured around the ECF framework and lasts 2 years with structured mentor meetings. The training is very different, the framework is different because the ITT framework has been revised. Our programme builds on, enhances and goes further than other induction programmes.
What happens to staff on 40% or 60% timetables in their first year?
All teachers, when they start their career, will be eligible for the ECF. We have a structured programme for people who are part-time. If someone is under 40% timetable they may find it difficult to complete it all within 2 years but our aim is to ensure the first five modules are covered fully and flexibility in delivery will be offered to part-time ECTs.
If you commit to one method of delivery: eg one of the online Full Induction Programmes and subsequently decide to change mode of delivery eg School Led, can you do so mid cycle? Who do you have to inform if you do so?
As a lead provider, we have partnership agreements, we don’t have contracts. We have never had anyone pull out of a partnership agreement for any of our other programmes but if you did decide as a school that you wanted the full induction programme and then you changed your mind, we would then work with yourselves and the DfE in regards to funding received.
Will face to face training and conferences always take place on the same day each week? This would help schools to plan cover.
If you are in a group of schools and wanted to ensure that your training took place at a certain time then we can ensure that that happens. If you are an individual school working with one of our delivery partners then we will do our best to host events at the most convenient time for all attendees.
It looks like a very high demand on time for mentors - what non-contact time are they expected to have? And how will this be covered financially as the previously mentioned funding wouldn't be enough to cover this.
There are 36 hours of facilitated training for mentors which is funded/backfilled, although the DfE has yet to confirm the exact amount that will be paid. There is then 59 hours of mentor meetings (over the 2 years) which is a rounded cost of between £900 and £1100 depending on area.
Other webinars I have attended have suggested that the only way to sign up to a lead provider is via a Teaching School Hub - is this correct? This would mean that we are compelled to work with the lead provider selected by our local TSH.
The DfE is in favour of schools having their own choice. If a school doesn’t want to work with their own Teaching School Hub and would like to choose its own lead provider or work with a different schools group then that’s fine. It is up to the individual school to enrol in the DfE Portal (when it opens). If a school registers with us then we can go into the portal and identify that school as wanting to work with us as its lead provider.