The Early Career Framework (ECF) forms a vital part of the DfE’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy (2019) which sets out to ensure that careers in teaching are attractive, rewarding and sustainable. One of the priorities of this strategy is to transform the support for teachers early in their careers through the Early Career Framework which has been designed to ‘make sure early career teachers focus on learning the things that make the most difference in the classroom and their professional practice’.
The Early Career Framework sets out an entitlement of support for all Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and underpins a new entitlement for 2 years of professional development designed to support new teachers in developing their practice at the start of their careers. It sets out what early career teachers are entitled “to learn about” and “learn how to do” when in their first years of teaching. Following the early roll out across regions of the UK in 2020-21, this entitlement becomes statutory for all early career teachers from September 2021.
DfE Policy, guidance and materials
All of the official DfE’s documents, resources and guidance can all be found on their website. These include the Early Career Framework itself, an overview of the reforms around the Early Career Framework, and, crucially, details of changes to statutory induction that will apply from September 2021.
From September 2021, statutory induction arrangements are changing. These new arrangements will replace current induction requirements. The term ‘Early Career Teacher’ is now being used where previously we might refer to a ‘Newly Qualified Teacher’.
The role of the Appropriate Body will be extended to also include checking the provision offered by schools to ensure that early career teachers are receiving support based on the Early Career Framework. Alongside Local Authorities, teaching school hubs will now also be providing the Appropriate Body service to schools. Schools can choose who they use as their Appropriate Body.
All state funded schools offering statutory induction will receive additional funding to deliver the ECF reforms.
The funding will cover:
There will be additional funding for schools taking up the provider-led ‘Full Induction Programme’ (further details below), for the time mentors of early career teachers will spend on the provider-led mentor training. This will consist of 36 hours of backfill time over two years per mentor.
It is likely that option 1 – Full Induction Programme – will be most appealing for most schools as…
There are 6 accredited providers that schools can choose to work with if they wish to take up the option 1 of a DfE-funded, provider-led ‘Full Induction Programme’. Four of these providers – Ambition Institute, Education Development Trust, Teach First and UCL Institute of Education – all delivered the early roll-out ECF programme from September 2020, with Best Practice Network and Capita beginning delivery from September 2021.
These 6 national providers will work with a network of local delivery partners, including Gateway Alliance and the new Teaching School Hubs.
WORKING WITH GATEWAY ALLIANCE TO ACCESS THE FULL INDUCTION PROGRAMME FOR ECTs
Gateway Alliance are delighted to be working in partnership with all of our local teaching school hubs and are keen to support the delivery of ECT training for schools across the whole of our region.
We have been invited to co-lead the Full Induction Programme with the Coventry & Central Warwickshire Teaching School Hub. We will be using our primary specialist knowledge and expertise in supporting highly effective training for teachers in their early career, to support the delivery of this programme in our area. We have chosen to work with UCL Institute of Education as our national lead provider and will be delivering their ECT programme from September 2021.
UCL Institute of Education have worked with teachers, school leaders and teacher educators to design a programme which is:
Having led a local cohort on the extended early roll-out of the ECF during 2020-21 academic year we have developed a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the ECF reforms and how we can best support schools and ECTs as the reforms become statutory. This places us in a strong position to best support ECTs and mentors to get the most out of the programme.
If you are interested in receiving more information about the Full Induction Programme that Gateway Alliance will be delivering please contact Sally Hewitt, our ITT & ECF Programme Manager:
A network of 87 teaching school hubs have been designated by the DfE to be school-led centres of excellence for teacher and leadership training and development.
They will be expected to play a significant role in delivering:
Teaching school hubs will also promote other high-quality evidence-based professional development to school leaders and teachers, such as the programmes provided by Gateway Alliance.
Gateway Alliance are delighted to be working in partnership with all 3 of the teaching school hubs that serve schools across Warwickshire and Coventry, to support the delivery of high-quality training and development to schools across our locality.
Each of the teaching school hubs are hosting ECF information events to support schools in their hub area to better understand the ECF reforms and to share details of their funded ECT training programmes.
Coventry & Central Warwickshire Teaching School Hub – Schools in Coventry, Rugby & Central Warwickshire
John Taylor Teaching School Hub – Schools in North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth
Tudor Grange Teaching School Hub – Schools in South Warwickshire/Stratford-on-Avon
Warwickshire LA are also hosting briefings for headteachers and induction tutors regarding the changes to the statutory induction due to the introduction of the ECF.