Early Career Framework


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 are delighted to be supporting Early Career Teachers through our partnership with University College London to deliver the Early Career Framework, a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development at the start of the teaching career. We are excited by the investment in mentor support and the educational evidence base underpinning the Early Career Framework.

The ECF is part of the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, which aims to improve the training and development opportunities available to teachers. Full details of the changes to induction are set out in the Statutory Induction Guidance:

The main changes are as follows:

  • The term Early Career Teacher (ECT) replaces newly qualified teacher (NQT).
  • The standard length of induction has been increased from one school year to two school years.
  • ECTs will receive a 5% timetable reduction in the second year of induction in addition to the 10% timetable reduction that they receive in their first year.
  • Schools are expected to deliver an induction period that is underpinned by the Early Career Framework. Appropriate Bodies will have a role in checking that an ECF-based induction is in place.
  • The role of the mentor has been defined and is separate from the role of the induction tutor.
  • There will be two formal assessment points, one midway through induction, and one at the end of the induction period. These will be supported by regular progress reviews, to take place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled.

Our Programme

The Early Career Framework (ECF) is the evidence base which underpins the training curriculum and entitlement for Early Career Teachers’ (ECTs) from September 2021. It sets out what all ECTs should learn about, and learn how to do, during the first 2 years of their careers. There are five core areas:

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

In this way, 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:

  • 2 years of newly developed, funded, high-quality training available as a Full Induction Programme (FIP), Core Induction Programme (CIP) or school-based programme
  • Funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year from 2023. As part of Recovery Funding for 2022 government is also supporting additional time/support for the NQT’s of 2021 who are entering their second ECT year in 2021/22.
  • A dedicated mentor, and support for mentors including access to funded high-quality training and funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.

There are three possible approaches to the ECF induction:

The Full Induction Programme (FIP)

This is a fully funded, provider-led and quality assured programme. The 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. Our approach to phase-specific clustering of participants helps to support meaningful networking and peer support.

The UCL programme consists of 9 modules over 2 years. The 8 standards of the ECF are combined into 5 modules in Year 1 that fully address the content of all standards. There are 4 modules in Year 2 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, online and face-to-face training events. Learning activities address ECTs’ knowledge of the ECF content and their ability to put this into practice to bring about high-quality pupil learning. High-quality mentoring and professional dialogue are both vital components in supporting ECTs throughout the 2-year programme. The programme also provides professional development for mentors.

All aspects of the programme are hosted on the UCL eXtend online platform. ECTs, mentors and induction tutors have individual log-ins to the site. Resources available on UCL eXtend include:

  • Session materials for each weekly ECT self-directed study session.
  • Session materials for each weekly ECT mentor meeting.
  • Module audits.
  • A glossary of research and practice terms used on the programme.
  • A personal downloadable learning log—which allows ECTs to record notes and insights as they progress through the programme.
  • A self-tracking function, which ECTs can use to keep a record of their progress through sessions.

Expression of interest

To express your interest in working with East Manchester Teaching School Hub on the ECF, please contact us

Alternative approaches available to schools:

  • The Core Induction Programme (CIP): A school delivers their own training using DfE-accredited materials. The Appropriate Body will be required to check and ensure that the programme provided is faithful to the ECF.
  • The school designs and delivers their own ECF-based induction. The Appropriate Body will be required to check and ensure that the programme designed and provided is faithful to the ECF.

Whilst schools are able to choose the package that suits them, the DfE are signposting schools to the Full Induction Programme

We suggest the best route is through offering a DfE approved and fully funded programme of professional development and support through our Full Induction Programme. As well as the high-quality materials and support this programme will offer you, schools will receive funding for the time their mentors spend in training, i.e. 36 hours of backfill time over two years per mentor. This is in addition to the funding related to time off-timetable for early career teachers and their mentors.

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

Become an ECF Facilitator

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