The first few years of the teaching profession are essential for developing the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to be the very best teachers and future leaders. We support Early Career Teachers through our partnership with University College London to deliver the Early Career Framework, a funded entitlement to a structured two-year package of high-quality professional development at the start of the teaching career.
The ECF is part of the statutory entitlement for Early Career Teachers (ECTs). Full details of the induction can be found in the Statutory Induction Guidance.
“The Early Career Framework Programme has allowed me to develop my teaching practice and has given me new information and pieces of advice to try out in the classroom weekly. The networking and support has also been really useful, allowing all professionals to come together and discuss different viewpoints and teaching practices from various different organisations/colleges.”
The Early Career Framework (ECF) is the evidence base which underpins the training curriculum and entitlement for Early Career Teachers’ (ECTs). It sets out what all ECTs should learn about; and learn how to do, during the first two years of their careers. There are five core areas:
The ECF builds on the core content framework (CCF) of initial teacher training. Over the two years of the Early Career Framework, all new teachers will receive:
This is a fully funded, provider-led and quality assured programme. East Manchester Teaching School Hub is providing this in partnership with University College London for teachers across all phases and sectors. We recruit experienced and expert facilitators to support ECTs and mentors throughout the programme. We facilitate, phase specific local clusters, and, have a special school and post-16 cluster groups to support meaningful networking and peer support.
The UCL programme consists of nine modules over two years. The eight standards of the ECF are combined into five modules in Year One that fully address the content of all standards. There are four modules in Year Two that deepen ECTs’ knowledge and practice in relation to aspects of the ECF that are most pertinent to each ECT.
ECT learning in each half term is fostered through an integrated programme of ECT self-study, ECT mentor meetings and face-to-face training events. The programme also provides professional development for mentors.
UCL’s ECF programme is a fusion of university and school-based expertise working in partnership to create and implement a programme which is:
We publish a fortnightly ECF Bulletin for ECTs, Mentors & Induction Tutors which you can find on our News page.
For further information on our programme, please have a read of our Handbook.
Full details about the Early Career Framework, including the approaches to delivery of an ECF induction, and the funding arrangements for schools are published on the DfE website.
To hear more about the benefits of the Early Career Framework, have a look at the DfE video.
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