Early Career Framework

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The latest Statutory Induction Guidance states that Headteachers are expected to ensure that Early Career Teachers (ECT) receive a programme of training that enables the ECT to understand and apply the knowledge and skills set out in each of the ECF evidence (‘learn that’) statements and practice (‘learn how to’) statements.

The Early Career Framework-based training is expected to be embedded as a central aspect of induction; it is not an additional training programme.
There are three approaches schools can choose from to enable the delivery of an ECF based induction. It is up to the headteacher to choose the approach that best suits the needs of their ECTs and mentors.

  • DfE funded provider route

    Schools can choose a fully-funded training provider to support meeting the new statutory induction requirements.
  • Deliver your own programme

    Schools deliver an induction programme in their school using high quality materials and resources, accredited by the DfE. Schools will need to register with an Appropriate Body and register with the DfE on their portal.
  • Design and deliver your own programme

    Schools design and deliver their own two-year induction programme for ECTs based on the ECF. Schools will need to register with an Appropriate Body and register with the DfE on their portal.

Appropriate Body Services

Every school must register their ECTs with an Appropriate Body as well as an Early Career Framework CPD programme. When you register with the Five counties Teaching School hub for one of the ECF CPD programmes, we are able to provide an AB service for your ECTs within the Five Counties Hub area.

Appropriate Body Service

What our Teachers & Mentors are saying

The ECT conference day was a highly organised and well-structured training day focusing on the cognitive science of learning and the habits of good planning. All in all, it was a really enjoyable and useful day!

Lucy, North Somerset

It was so valuable to have an overview of the two year programme, seeing how it all fits together to offer comprehensive support for me and the ECT.

Sarah, Bristol

Thank you so much for such an informative and supportive session. I am excited to embark on my journey of ECT mentor!

Rachel, North Somerset

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