The Institute for Teaching welcomes today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, on the changes being made to how we help early career teachers to keep getting better – including the extension of the induction period for new teachers to two years.

Strengthening this ‘early career’ stage of their development is essential if we’re going to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets a great education. Teachers need at least as much effort to go into their development as they put into their teaching.

We played an active role in the consultation on QTS and Improving Career Progression for Teachers – holding events around the country so that teachers could help to shape this policy. It’s particularly exciting to see the voices we heard during our consultation events being reflected in the policy changes announced today. The message ‘if you’re going to do this, do it well’ is being heard loud and clear.

We need to continue striving to make England the best place in the world to be a teacher and these changes, alongside policies like teacher sabbaticals, tackling workload and more flexible working are putting us on the right path.


Matthew Hood

Director, Institute for Teaching