Induction Tutor FAQs

Is there a simple way to report login problems?

The easiest way to report a problem with an Induction Tutor, ECT or Mentor login is to e-mail the EDT helpdesk –

My ECT or mentor started the programme late. Do they need to catch up?

There are a number of reasons why your mentor or ECT may feel that they are behind with the content on the platform. ECTs must work through all of the self-study tasks and they can do this at their own pace. They should aim to have completed all of the block 1 and block 2 content by the end of the Autumn Term. If mentors are still working through the block 1 content in their weekly mentor meetings, they may choose to combine two suggested areas of focus linked to behaviour into one meeting to catch up. The mentor should use their professional judgement as to whether this would be appropriate for their ECT. This should only be done to ‘catch up’ on missed content.

When is the next reporting deadline to the DfE?

The next reporting deadline to the DfE is the 31st January 2022. By this point, mentors and ECTs should have completed block 1 and block 2. I’ll send you an individual breakdown of your mentors’ and ECTs’ progress through block 2 at the end of November. This will give you adequate time to address any issues before the end of the term.

Where do Mentors and ECTs record details of action steps from their ECT / Mentor meetings?

ECTs must enter the dates of their mentor meetings onto the portal and tick to confirm these have taken
place. There is no requirement (from the ECF or from us) to record action steps or outcomes from individual mentor meetings on the EDT portal. This said, it seems sensible to encourage the mentor and the ECT to keep a personal record of what happens during the weekly mentor meeting for their own records. Your school may also have its own policy, which ECTs and mentors should follow.

Why does the ECT progress bar and the mentor progress bar not match?

An ECT can view their progress through each of the blocks on their progress bar. Mentors are not able to see the individual progress of their ECT on the mentor portal. The first progress bar mentors can see shows the mentor’s progress through the ECT materials. These materials are on the mentor portal purely for reference and there is no obligation for mentors to work through them. The second progress bar (with mentors at the end of the title) shows the mentor’s progress through the mentor content. This is the measure which is reported to the DfE at the end of each block.

My ECT or Mentor has completed all of the online content. Why is their progress bar not showing 100%?

If your ECT or mentor thinks they have completed everything on the online platform but their progress bar is stuck below 100% they need to:

  1. Log into the online portal.
  2. Scroll down to Current Learning
  3. Click on the block which is below 100%
  4. This will being up a list of content for the block.

5. Click on each option in turn.  If the section has been completed, there will be a little tick in the right hand corner.  If the tick is missing, that activity hasn’t been completed.

6. Work down the list of content until you identify the missing activity.

When will I find out more information about Iris connect?

Education Development Trust will send out further information about Iris connect to all schools who have returned their memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November. If you haven’t returned your MOU or don’t know how to do this, please e-mail and ask for your personalized MOU link to be resent. Participation in this element of the programme is not compulsory.

How does the mentor peer to peer support element of the programme work?

The Mentor peer to peer / buddying programme has been designed by EDT to provide additional support and coaching for mentors as they support their ECTs. This element of the programme will be launched in November by EDT through an open access webinar which we will be recorded. EDT will match mentors and let them know who their ‘buddy’ is via an encrypted email later this half term.

When are the next face to face events?

The next round of face to face events will take place in the spring term. All of the details including times and venues for the face to face sessions can be found on our website

How do I know which group my school is in?

Your group number will have been communicated to you when you first registered for the programme. This e-mail will have come from with the subject field ‘Welcome to the ECF programme.’

How can I access additional ECF support materials for NQTs+1?

Additional self-study materials for NQTs+1 can be found here: