Early Career Framework

A teacher in the early stage of their career.

Help your Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) thrive with our Early Career Framework training. From September 2021, NQTs will benefit from two years of DfE-funded support. 

  • Free for schools with Newly Qualified Teachers.
  • Subject-specific focus, designed with the PTI.
  • Mentor programme for a middle leader at your school, designed in partnership with Deans for Impact.
  • Flexible online and face-to-face training modules.
  • World-class online learning platform.
  • Free Chartered College of Teaching membership.
Duration
Two years

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

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.

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:

  • face-to-face and online training for a middle leader to become a great mentor, designed in partnership with Deans for Impact 
  • 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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Funded by the DfE logo
Teacher in class
The Early Careers Framework is fundamental in providing a structured programme to help eradicate teacher shortages.
Nikki Gibb,
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
Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

Programme

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 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 and online 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.

Need more information?

Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher stands over pupils working
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
Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

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Depending on your school’s location and circumstances, you may be directed to take our programme through one of our Delivery Partners. If you are in a region covered by one of them, we strongly suggest you contact them directly to take our ECF programme through them. The full list of our ECF Delivery Partners and their contact details can be found here:

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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
Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust
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