Early career teachers

A teacher in the early stage of their career.

Help your NQTs to thrive with the Early Career Framework training. From September 2020, NQTs in eligible areas can benefit from two years of DfE-funded support.

  • Structured two-year support package
  • Flexible online training
  • Mentor training for a middle leader at your school
  • One-to-one careers coaching
  • Free Chartered College of Teaching membership
  • Expert teacher trainers and resources
Duration
Two years
Only available in the North East, Manchester, Doncaster and Bradford
Fully funded for schools with Newly Qualified Teachers

Give your early career teachers the knowledge and confidence to thrive in the classroom with Teach First.

Benefits

The Early Career Framework provides a two-year package for Newly Qualified Teachers and their mentors. It is supported and fully funded by the Department for Education. Teach First is delivering the early roll out in the North East, Greater Manchester, Doncaster and Bradford.

Early career teachers benefit from:

  • A structured two-year package of support, training and resources  
  • Flexible online and face to face training modules 
  • Access to expert resources 
  • One-to-one careers coaching 
  • A mentor, identified by you, trained by us  
  • Free membership to the Chartered College of Teaching

Your school benefits from:

  • Funding to reduce your early career teacher's timetable by 5% in year two 
  • Face to face and online training for a middle leader to become a great mentor 
  • A network of mentors to share best practice 
  • Free membership and resources from the Chartered College of Teaching for your early career teacher and mentor 
  • Training for a Senior Leader to introduce the package to your school 

Everyone benefits from our:

  • Experience - 15 years of helping new teachers get better faster.  
  • Expertise - Evidence and research led training.  
  • Flexibility - Online learning resources that fit around teachers’ timetables.  
  • Tailored approach - Subject- and phase-specific support from our specialists.  
  • Connections - Get connected to our network of thousands of teachers, leaders and schools.
Teacher in class
The Early Careers Framework is fundamental in providing a structured programme to help eradicate teacher shortages.
Nikki Gibb,
Associate Executive Principal
Northern Education Trust
If we are to recruit and retain highly effective and committed teachers to meet the needs of our young people, investment in consistent, high quality professional development is vital.
Brendan Tapping,
CEO and Executive Headteacher
Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust

Programme

For early career teachers

Delivered through a mix of face-to-face and online modules, the programme is structured to help early career teachers integrate theory, practice and feedback.

Year 1

Rooted in research and our expertise, and backed-up by a range of tailored resources, Year 1 of the programme consists of six modules: 

  • Creating powerful learning environments 
  • How pupils learn 
  • How to plan and teach lessons  
  • Supporting every pupil to succeed  
  • Assessment and feedback 
  • Planning a coherent curriculum 

Each module includes self-directed study materials containing expert guidance, research and examples of best practice.

Programme members will join online training sessions to discuss theory and their own experiences with small groups of peers and experts.

They’ll also get access to coaching sessions to support them to put the theory into practice with the support of their mentor. 

Year 2

In Year 2, teachers will:

  • Engage in subject/phase-specific collaborative learning and development 
  • Develop their autonomy of learning 
  • Choose from a range of career development modules; (including implementing research in the classroom, understanding the role of a career leader, understanding the role of a mentor and understanding the role of a middle leader). 
  • Continue to benefit from instructional coaching sessions with their mentor 

For mentors and schools

Mentors will get face-to-face training to develop skills in:

  • Assessing teacher progress
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Using deliberate practice to accelerate progress
  • How to provide further challenge to high performing ECTs. 

They’ll attend webinars to complement the six modules being undertaken by their NQTs so they can tailor and align their support accordingly. 

Mentors will also have the opportunity to learn from experts. Through half-termly webinars they’ll discover the best ways to reflect on their practice and develop their instructional coaching skills. And through Teach First’s network of 1,000 partners schools they will have opportunities to shadow outstanding practitioners and subject leaders.

Developed with schools, for schools

As well as expert teacher educators from Teach First, our programme will be supported, designed and delivered with five lead school trusts: 

  • Co-op Academies Trust
  • Exceed Academies Trust
  • Extol Multi Academy Trust
  • Northern Education Trust
  • Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust

We are also working with other experts, the Driver Youth Trust and The Prince’s Teaching Institute, to develop the highest quality support for new teachers.
 

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Pupils standing up and sitting down around table
Pupil at back of class with hand up
If we are to recruit and retain highly effective and committed teachers to meet the needs of our young people, investment in consistent, high quality professional development is vital.
Brendan Tapping,
CEO and Executive Headteacher
Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust

Apply

Eligibility

  • Is your school in the North East, Greater Manchester, Doncaster or Bradford?
  • Will you have Newly Qualified Teachers in September 2020?

If your answer is YES to both questions, then your school is eligible for our Early Career Framework pilot package. 

As part of our commitment to building a fair education for all, we’ll prioritise applications from schools facing the biggest challenges. 

Register your interest to find out more.

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If we are to recruit and retain highly effective and committed teachers to meet the needs of our young people, investment in consistent, high quality professional development is vital.
Brendan Tapping,
CEO and Executive Headteacher
Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust

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