Early Career Framework

What is the Early Career Framework?

Under new arrangements, we expect all early career teachers to access a programme of training based on the early career framework. Every head teacher and appropriate body providing statutory induction will need to ensure they meet these new requirements to:

  • Provide a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high quality professional development.
  • Aim to improve the training and development opportunities available to teachers.
  • Build an evidence base which underpins this new entitlement for early career teachers’ professional development.
  • Set out what all early career teachers should learn about and learn how to do during the first 2 years of their careers.
  • Build on the ITT core content framework and provides a 3 year training and development opportunity for early career teachers.
  • Access high quality professional development at the start of their career.

The offer for early career teachers includes:

  • 2 years of new, funded, high quality training
  • Additional funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year.
  • A dedicated mentor and support for these mentors
  • Funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.

What do schools need to do before September 2021?

  • Identify a subject mentor for the ECT (Early Career Teacher). Funding will be provided to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.
  • Ensure the ECT has been given a 10% reduction in teaching allocation of a FTE main scale teacher.
  • From September 2021, early career teachers are expected to receive support from a dedicated mentor through regular one to one mentoring sessions. This role should be separate to that of the induction tutor and focus on supporting the early career teacher through the 2-year programme.
  • Identify the Induction Tutor within the school as the point of contact for the Teaching School Hub and Appropriate Body.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the ECF statutory?
Yes. Every ECT and school must offer the ECF induction and support for 2 years.

Can Early Career Teachers have the induction period reduced?
Yes. This can be negotiated with the appropriate body.

Are the training materials and sessions easy to follow?
Yes. All training materials have been funded by the DfE and cover the 5 key areas of induction: Behaviour Management, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours.

As a school, do I have to register with an Appropriate Body?
Yes. As with the current statutory guidance on induction all NQT’s or ECT’s from September 2021 must be registered with an appropriate body in order to complete induction.

What will Prince Henry’s High School Teaching School Hub offer the Early Career Teachers and schools?

  • Prince Henry’s High School Teaching School Hub will be the Appropriate Body for induction from September 2021. This will replace all existing Appropriate Bodies attached to current Teaching School Alliances.
  • Appropriate bodies will continue to play a key role in induction as well as ensuring that early career teachers receive their statutory entitlements and are fairly and consistently assessed. From September 2021 appropriate bodies will also be required to check whether early career teachers are receiving a programme of support and training based on the early career framework.

Prince Henry’s High School Teaching School Hub will provide:

  • Delivery of funded provider – led programme offering high quality training and support for all Early Career Teachers and their mentors alongside the professional development materials.
  • An opportunity to work in partnership with Ambition Institute whose training materials and programme have been approved by the DfE as one of the four National Providers in the ‘early roll out’ phase of the ECF.
  • ‘Delivery Centres’ located in Hereford, Worcester and Evesham covering the Hub area of Wyre Forest, Wychavon, Worcester City, Malvern and Hereford.
  • High quality facilitators already experienced in delivery and support for NQT Induction Programmes.
  • Regular conferences to share good practice across all early career teachers across all phases from Primary to Secondary.
  • High quality support for mentors throughout the 2 year induction period.
  • Continued support where needed if an ECT is at risk of failing the induction period.