Introduction

The Early Career Framework (ECF) forms a vital part of the DfE’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy (2019) which sets out to ensure that careers in teaching are attractive, rewarding and sustainable.

The Early Career Framework sets out an entitlement of support for all Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and underpins a new entitlement for 2 years of professional development designed to support new teachers in developing their practice at the start of their careers. It sets out what early career teachers are entitled “to learn about” and “learn how to do” when in their first years of teaching. Following the early roll out across regions of the UK in 2020-21, this is a statutory entitlement for all ECTs from September 2021.

Kirby Dowler

Teaching School Hub ECF Lead

Jeanette Taylor-Perks

ECF Co-ordinator

Five Core Areas

The content of the ECF has been designed to build upon, and complement, early career teachers’ initial teacher education. It is intended to support them to develop in five core areas:

Behaviour Management

Pedagogy

Curriculum

Assessment

Professional Behaviours

Behaviour Management

Pedagogy

Curriculum

Assessment

Professional Behaviours

Full Induction Programme

We are delivering a fully funded Full Induction Programme developed by Educational Development Trust, in partnership with Sheffield Institute of Education part of Sheffield Hallam University. 

Educational Development Trust are an international not-for-profit organisation that transforms lives around the world by improving education. Sheffield Institute of Education are a national centre for education, recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning through research and practice.

Both have worked with teachers, school leaders & teacher educators to design a programme which is:

An evidence-led programme of training for your staff, designed around what really works, and how people really learn.

Exceptional professional development designed for ECTs, where they will learn skills they can use straight away.

A focused development programme for mentors, with local and regional training run by expert facilitators, and peer coaching sessions with a 'buddy' mentor.

Engaging and accessible online learning, alongside face-to-face and virtual training delivered by school-based experts.

Peace of mind; our Delivery Partner team manage all aspects of the training, freeing up in-school staff to focus elsewhere.

A training schedule carefully constructed to be compatible with school life – with the realities of a teaching timetable and school commitments in mind.

ECT Entitlement

From September 2021, all Early Career Teachers will be entitled to:

2 years of new, funded, high-quality training available either as a Full Induction Programme, Core Induction Programme or school-based programme

Funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year

A dedicated mentor and support for these mentors including access to funded high-quality training

Funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching

Further funding for schools opting for the Full Induction Programme for mentors to access training from the lead provider (backfilled up to 36 hours)

For more information about the Early Career Framework please contact: ECF@jths.co.uk

Programme Curriculum

The Programme curriculum is constructed to take ECTs from foundational understanding of concepts and techniques through to mastery. 

Year 1 is an introduction to the key themes and statements in the ECF. The focus is on helping ECTs to establish themselves in the classroom, drawing on the best international evidence for what works in education. The structure of the Blocks in Year 2 replicates that of Year 1, many of the same themes from Year 1 will be revisited in greater depth and breadth to strengthen the ECTs’ practice.

Block One

Establishing a positive climate for learning

Block Seven

Embedding a positive climate for learning

Block Two

How pupils learn: memory & cognition

Block Eight

How pupils learn: making it stick

Block Three

Developing effective classroom practice: teaching & adapting

Block Nine

Enhancing classroom practice: grouping & tailoring

Block Four

The importance of subject & curriculum knowledge

Block Ten

Revisiting the importance of subject & curriculum knowledge

Block Five

Assessment, feedback & questioning

Block Eleven

Deepening assessment, feedback & questioning

Block Six

A people profession

Block Twelve

Continuing your professional development

Block One

Establishing a positive climate for learning

Block Two

How pupils learn: memory & cognition

Block Three

Developing effective classroom practice: teaching & adapting

Block Four

The importance of subject & curriculum knowledge

Block Five

Assessment, feedback & questioning

Block Six

A people profession

Block Seven

Embedding a positive climate for learning

Block Eight

How pupils learn: making it stick

Block Nine

Enhancing classroom practice: grouping & tailoring

Block Ten

Revisiting the importance of subject & curriculum knowledge

Block Eleven

Deepening assessment, feedback & questioning

Block Twelve

Continuing your professional development

Each Block has been designed based on international best practice of effective professional development, and includes:

Self-Directed Study Materials

Mentor Sessions

Training Sessions

Webinars

IRIS

The mentor-mentee partnership will be supported – if ECTs and their mentors wish to use it – by free access to IRIS Connect’s video-enabled professional learning platform. This allows ECTs and mentors to record aspects of their classroom practice and transfer them securely via the teachers’ personal, password-protected accounts. The flexibility this affords is highly valuable for busy mentors, who can observe their ECTs’ lessons at a time that suits them, and who equally can open up to ECTs their own practice and that of other experienced colleagues with minimal effort.

Next Steps

For more information about the Early Career Framework please email ECF@jths.co.uk