Here is all the information you need to understand the Early Career Framework (ECF) and how it affects you.

Currently referred to as NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers), from September 2021, new teachers will be called Early Career Teachers (ECTs) for the first two years of their career and will be supported by the new Early career Framework (ECF. The Early Career Framework (ECF) is a well-structured, government-funded, two-year support package of high-quality professional development, that has been developed to provide more support in the first stage of your career.

What is the ECF?

The Early Career Framework (ECF) sets out what all Early Career Teachers (ECTs) should know and develop during the first two years of their careers. The framework includes sections on:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Professional Behaviours

This new Framework provides:

  • 2 years of funded high-quality training.
  • A range of development materials based on the Early Career Framework & its priorities.
  • Additional funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year to develop their ‘craft’.
  • A dedicated mentor
  • Ongoing support for Mentors to develop their practice and support.
  • Funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.

All schools will be required to deliver the ECF programme for their trainees.

Schools will have a choice on how this programme is delivered. They can:

  • Use a funded provider-led programme delivered by a Department for Education (DfE) accredited provider. Schools within the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub area will use The Education Development Trust (EDT) who provide a high-quality training programme in face to face and online sessions all of which take into consideration the National and local perspective.
  • Draw on the content of the high-quality DfE accredited professional development materials and resources to deliver their own ECT and mentor support programmes.
  • Design and deliver their own ECF-based induction programme based on the ECF.

How can the ECF professional development programme be delivered?

Schools can choose from 3 options:

Full Induction Programme

Summary: The Education Development Trust (EDT), a DfE accredited training provider, delivers the development programme for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) over the two-year period. This is delivered through face to face and online training sessions for ECTs and mentors, and includes all of the training materials and related resources.

Following our successful partnership with EDT during the pilot phase of the ECF rollout, we chose them as our provider as we believe they offer the most cost-effective, personalised and comprehensive level of support for schools and their ECTs. In particular EDT understand the local and national context ensuring their programme is tailored to these needs and those of our schools.

Quality Assurance: Our QA is run in partnership between the Hub and EDT and requires no additional Quality Assurance checks as this will be carried out regularly by Ofsted.

Appropriate Body: The AB’s role is to check that the ECTs are receiving their statutory entitlements and make the final decision as to whether the ECT has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards, based on the recommendation of the Headteacher.

Core Induction Programme

Summary:  The Education Development Trust (EDT) provides core materials which you can use to provide a development programme for your Early Career Teachers within your own schools.

Quality Assurance: The QA is provided by an Appropriate Body via fidelity checks. These take place at three points, including prior to the induction starting (June 2021 for this year).

Appropriate Body: The AB’s role is to provide the regular fidelity checks outlined above, as well as checking that the ECTs are receiving their statutory entitlements. They also make the final decision as to whether the ECT has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards, based on the headteacher’s recommendation.

School-based Induction Programme

Summary: A school designs a two-year programme of support and training that covers every ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statement as outlined in the ECF.

Quality Assurance: The QA is provided by an Appropriate Body via fidelity checks. These take place at three points, including prior to the induction starting (June 2021 for this year).

Appropriate Body: The AB’s role is to provide the regular fidelity checks outlined above, as well as checking that the ECTs are receiving their statutory entitlements and make the final decision as to whether the ECT has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards, based on the headteacher’s recommendation.

Who is providing the Early Career professional development programme?

We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with Education Development Trust to deliver the Early Career Professional Development programme in Sheffield and Rotherham as part of the national rollout of the Early Career Framework. Our experience of the pilot this year has been very positive and feedback from trainees and mentors has all reinforced the view that the training and materials are of the highest quality. 

Education Development Trust has worked closely with schools and with the Sheffield Institute of Education, part of Sheffield Hallam University to develop this evidence-led programme to ensure it is based on what really works and how pupils learn, ensuring ECTs have the best start in their careers.

Excellent mentoring will be key to the success of the ECF initiative and so this programme is centred around developing the mentor relationship, including a focussed learning pathway for mentors.

We will work with in-school mentors to support their learning of new mentoring and coaching techniques, enabling them to strengthen the essential skills that they can use throughout their careers. Specialist training and support will ensure each mentor is confident in their knowledge of the Early Career Framework and develops their mentoring skills so that the ECTs they work with get the very best from the programme.

You can read more in the Education Development Trust’s brochure about our Early Career development programme here. And you can find more detailed information about the programme here.

Find out more in our presentation

You can also take a look at our presentation about our Early Career Professional Development Programme, which we are delivering in partnership with the Education Development Trust:

 

Find out more in our video

You can watch this video from the Education Development Trust about the ECF landscape and key programme details. It is presented by Jim Rogers, their National Partnerships Advisor:

What do schools need to do before September 2021?

Schools need to decide which option they will provide for their Early Career Teachers. If you know you want to provide the Full or Core Induction Programmes, you can fill in all the necessary forms on our Schools Sign-Up page here. Even if you decide on the School-Led Induction Programme, it’s worth talking to us, as our Appropriate Body can provide the mandatory quality assurance element.

Sign up to our Early Career professional development programme

Schools can sign up to our Early Career professional development programme on this page. Make sure you get everything lined up for your new teachers in September!

Newsletters to schools

Below you can find all of the ECF newsletters we have sent to schools:

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