Our Programme

The early career framework (ECF) is the evidence base which underpins the entitlement for early career teachers’ (ECTs) professional development 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 of the ECF:

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

This builds on the core content framework (CCF) delivered during teacher training. These programmes set out an entitlement to evidence-based mentoring and training over the first three years of an ECT’s career, including support for their mentors.

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

To express your interest in working with East Manchester Teaching School Hub on the ECF, complete the expression of interest form below

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.

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

East Manchester Teaching School Hub is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ