For many years we have been helping newly qualified teachers begin their teaching careers in our schools.

Formerly known as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), from September 2021, the NQT Induction process was replaced by the Early Career Framework (ECF) for Early Career Teachers (ECTs). 

Our annual Primary ECT recruitment campaign selects the best prepared Primary ITT students for schools which are thinking of appointing an ECT. 

Secondary ITT students can access ECT vacancies via individual school websites and our current vacancies page.


ECT Recruitment

** The Primary ECT Pool is now closed. **

Thank you for your interest. If you applied to the Pool, a member of the team will be in contact shortly. 


The majority of primary first teaching appointments in Hounslow schools are made through our Primary ECT Pool (formerly known as the NQT Pool). This service, managed by the Schools’ Workforce Development Team, is accessible to all Hounslow primary schools. Headteachers are involved in all stages of the recruitment process.


If you are looking for your first teaching post, please visit our Vacancies page for information on the latest teaching roles in the borough.



With over 95% of our schools graded Good or Outstanding by OFSTED and rising results in all areas, there has never been a better time to Teach Hounslow.

** Our Primary ECT Pool for 2022 has now closed. **



" I couldn’t recommend applying through the pool enough. One straightforward application opened many doors for me. Within days I received several job interviews and soon found my dream school! "

- 2019 applicant to the Hounslow Primary Pool





Recruiting an ECT for your school

We know that managing the staffing levels of your school can be time-consuming and that often you’ll have had little preparation for it. That’s why we provide the Primary ECT Pool for schools who are in need of a newly qualified teacher to join their school.

I need a ECT - how can you help?

Our extensive recruitment campaign means that we take care of the short listing and vetting of suitable candidates for you. With a bespoke online application system, we attract people with a genuine interest in applying to Hounslow.

Only those candidates with a passion for teaching and who are fully prepared for starting their career as a teacher make it through to interview.

Our interview sessions are conducted with panels comprising  Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and other staff well experienced in the recruitment and induction of newly qualified teachers.

Those candidates who successfully pass through the interview stage are recommended to schools for consideration for appointment.

Our primary pool has been running for a number of years and is built on great working relationships with schools and local initial teacher training providers (ITTs). We listen to feedback and respond – thereby providing schools with a specialist service built on local knowledge.

We are in the best position to help you recruit Early Career Teachers to your school. 

Call us today on 020 8583 4146 

Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework is the final stage of your qualification and one where the level of support around you is essential to your success. Formerly known as the NQT Induction Year, the ECF is a 2-year programme of support for those teachers who are newly qualified. 

Successfully completing the ECF is a statutory requirement if you wish to pursue a career in the maintained sector.

Your ECT Induction period is the final stage of your qualification and one where the level of support around you is essential to your success. 

Successfully completing your induction period is a statutory requirement, if you wish to pursue a career in the maintained sector.

It is a very exciting time, in which to be entering the teaching profession. September 2021 saw the introduction of a new two-year induction period and a clear framework for supporting each Early Career Teacher’s development over this time.

Statutory induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue, underpinned by the Early Career Framework, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards. The Early Career Framework builds on Initial Teacher Training and provides a platform for future development.

Our schools will ensure that the programme supports you and provides the necessary training to ensure that you can demonstrate that your performance against the Teachers’ Standards is satisfactory by the end of the period. Induction should provide you with a foundation and equip you with the tools to be an effective and successful teacher.

You will be provided with a suitable monitoring and support programme, structured to meet your professional development needs. This will include:

  • a programme of training that supports you to understand and apply the knowledge and skills set out in the Early Career Framework’s evidence statements and practice statements;
  • regular one to one mentoring sessions from a designated mentor, who has the time and ability to carry out the role effectively;
  • support and guidance from a designated induction tutor, who has the time and ability to carry out the role effectively;
  • observation of your teaching with written feedback provided;
  • professional reviews of progress conducted by the induction tutor, to set and review development targets against the Teachers’ Standards; and
  • an opportunity to observe experienced teachers, either in your own institution or in another institution, where effective practice has been identified.

All ECTs are entitled to 10% reduced timetable in the first year and 5% in the second year for professional development.

Hounslow Local Authority acts as the Appropriate Body (AB) and monitors and supports the ECT induction process. The quality assurance of statutory induction, through the role of the appropriate body (AB), is important both for ensuring that schools provide adequate support for their ECTs, and that their assessment is fair and consistent across all institutions.

Schools can choose from three approaches, to enable the delivery of an ECF based induction, these are:

Full Induction Programme: A funded provider led programme - Schools can choose to work with providers accredited by the Department for Education who will design and deliver a programme of face-to-face and online training to ECTs and their mentors. 

This is the programme that all schools under Hounslow Appropriate Body have chosen to use this year. They have chosen lead providers with delivery partners, accredited by the DfE, who will provide a comprehensive programme for the delivery of the two- year induction programme.

Core Induction Programme: Schools deliver their own training using DfE accredited materials and resources. They use freely available DfE accredited materials, which includes ready to use materials and resources for new teachers and mentors, to deliver their own ECT and mentor support.

School-based programme: Schools design and deliver their own two-year induction programme for ECTs based on the ECF.

The Early Career Framework builds on Initial Teacher Training and provides a platform for your future development.

For more information about ECT Induction or the Induction Assessment process, please call 020 8583 3915 or email

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