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

What are ECTs?

New teachers are referred to as Early Career Teachers or ECTs (formerly known as NQTs or Newly Qualified Teachers). They retain this status for the first two years of their career and will be supported by the new Early Career Framework (ECF) during this time. 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 a teaching 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 have a choice on how this programme is delivered.

How can the ECF professional development programme be delivered?

Schools can choose from 3 options:

Full Induction Programme

Summary: Schools will use a funded provider-led programme delivered by a Department for Education (DfE) accredited provider over a two-year period. Schools within the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub area 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. All of the training materials and related resources are included.

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 high-quality DfE accredited professional development core materials and resources which schools use to deliver their own ECT and mentor support programmes.

Quality Assurance: The QA is provided by an Appropriate Body via fidelity checks. These take place at three points, starting in the June prior to the induction 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 their own ECF-based two-year induction 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, starting in the June prior to the induction 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 partner with Education Development Trust to deliver the Early Career Professional Development full induction programme in Sheffield and Rotherham as part of the national rollout of the Early Career Framework. Our experience of the programme 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 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?

  1. Decide which of the three options they will provide for their Early Career Teachers. Help us to help you by letting us know your thinking at this stage by completing this form.
  2. Sign up with an Appropriate Body

Newsletters to schools

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

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