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Early Career Framework (ECF)

The Early Career Framework (ECF) will transforming the support and development offer for teachers at the start of their career. From September 2021, all early career teachers will be entitled to an ‘ECF induction’.

This entitles early career teachers to two years of support including:

  • Funded time off timetable (10% in year 1 and an additional 5% off timetable in year 2) to undertake a planned 131-hour curriculum of training, covering all the Early career Framework (ECF) ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how’ statement. This includes self-directed study sessions, mentor sessions and training sessions
  • A trained mentor, familiar with the evidence and practice of the Early career Framework (ECF), with funded time off timetable to support the early career teacher

Schools will be encouraged by the Department for Education (DfE) to choose a Full Induction Programme (FIP) approach to induction. This will be a free-to-use programme that will offer high-quality training for early career teachers and their mentors delivered by an external provider that compliments the self-study and mentor sessions. This is the easiest option for schools. Schools opting for the Core Induction Programme (CIP) approach to induction will be able to draw upon the content but will need to design and deliver the early career teacher and mentor training themselves. Schools opting to use a school based programme of induction will receive no support from the Department for Education (DfE) in creating or procuring their own.

The Early Career Framework (ECF) will be available to Bradford schools from September 2020 in advance of the national roll-out from September 2021. Schools can sign-up to the early roll-out programme with a provider during the spring and summer terms 2020 prior to commencing delivery from September 2020.

During 2020-21, the Department for Education (DfE) will commission national providers to deliver the Early Career Framework (ECF).

Ambition Institute

Dixons Academies Trust, Bradford Diocesan Trust (BDAT) and Beckfoot Trust are local partners.

Education Development Trust

Northern Lights Teaching School Alliance, Star Academies Trust, The Catholic Schools Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CSPTSA), Feversham Trust and Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance are local partner.

Teach First

Exceed Academies Trust, Northern Education Trust and Co-op Academies are local partners.

University of Central London (UCL) Career Teacher Consortium

Teamworks Teaching School Alliance is a local partner.