5. New services and developments
From September 2021, the statutory induction period for all early career teachers (ECTs) increased from one to two years.
Included within the ECT reforms was the requirement for all schools to ensure their ECTs undertake professional development through the Early Career Framework. This is accessed through an external provider, but Brighton & Hove City Council still acts as the ‘appropriate body’ to support schools with the monitoring and assessment of ECTs.
The charging structure has been modified to reflect the different support now provided and has been simplified to a flat rate per ECT. All Brighton & Hove schools with ECTs continued to purchase this SLA in September 2021.
The BEEM portal for schools has been further enhanced in 2021/22, so that it becomes a ‘one-stop-shop’ resource of services for schools (traded and non-traded). In the last year there have been the following developments:
- Wellbeing for Education Return: Mental Health Toolkit – pages that host videos for school staff and governors
- Independent Visiting Service – new pages to provide training and information for independent visitor applicants
- recorded versions of MS Teams events (particularly for headteachers and governors)
- updates to the ECT module so schools can submit termly progress reviews (see 5.1 above)
- a platform for BHISS to sell their ‘Attend’ framework to external settings
During the buyback period in the spring term 2022, there will be an online event for school business managers and headteachers to hear from service leads about charges and developments for the 2022 to 2023 offer.
More details will be sent out in the new year.