Early Career Framework

A teacher in the early stage of their career.

Help your Early Career Teachers (ECTs) thrive with our Early Career Framework training. From September 2022, ECTs will benefit from two years of DfE-funded support. 

  • Free for schools with Early Career Teachers.
  • Subject-specific focus.
  • 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
Register your interest for September 2022.

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 Early Career 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 
  • 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

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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 seminars 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 ECTs 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Teacher stands over pupils working
We’re proud to be part of something which values the expertise of teachers and their mentors and puts teaching practice at the heart of great schools.
Faye Craster,
Director of Teacher Development
Teach First

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Is my school eligible? 

While the Early Career Framework is open to all early career teachers leaders in schools in England, we prioritise working with schools that teach a high number of pupils from low-income backgrounds.

How do I sign my school up to Teach First’s ECF programme?

New schools

Step 1 

Register your school’s interest with us using the online form.  

Depending on your school’s location and circumstances we may be able to work with you directly or through one of our delivery partners. If you are allocated to a delivery partner, we will send you their contact details and you will complete the sign-up process with them. 

Step 2 

Sign up on the Department for Education (DfE) Portal via the DfE website. You’ll also find a step-by-step guide on setting up your school’s ECF programme.  

Current ECF partner schools

Step 1 

Already work with us on the ECF? Go straight to Step 2... 

Step 2 

Sign up on the Department for Education (DfE) Portal via the DfE website. You’ll also find a step-by-step guide on setting up your school’s ECF programme.

What happens next? 

Please note that spaces are limited so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. We will then contact you to confirm if we can offer you a space on our programme. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We should be reminded that for those at the start of their careers in teaching, it takes time to learn and embed good practice...For us, the Teach First Early Career Induction Programme is effectively supporting our schools in this aim.
David Roper,
Director
Leicester and Leicestershire Teaching School Hub

FAQs

If you want to use our ECF materials, you can choose to deliver your own version of the ECF using our Core Induction Programme. More information on this option, and the different funding arrangements for it, is available on this DfE webpage.   

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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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