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 became 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 details of the statutory induction.
From September 2021, statutory induction arrangements changed. These new arrangements replaced previous induction requirements. The term ‘Early Career Teacher’ is now being used where previously we might we have referred to a ‘Newly Qualified Teacher’.
The role of the Appropriate Body has been 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 can also provide 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 is 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 consists 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’. The providers are:
Please note: all national providers will work through local delivery partners. Depending on the geographical spread of their delivery partner network they may not be able to offer their programmes to all schools.
These 6 national providers will work with a network of local delivery partners, including Gateway Alliance and the Teaching School Hubs.
Having led a local cohort of the ECF extended early roll-out during 2020-21 academic year the team at Gateway have developed a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the ECF reforms and how we can best support schools and ECTs now the reforms are statutory. This places us in a strong position to best support ECTs and mentors locally, to get the most out of the programme.
Gateway Alliance are working in partnership with all of our local teaching school hubs to support the delivery of ECT training for schools across our local area. We are working closely with the hubs to bring our primary specialist knowledge and expertise in supporting highly effective training for teachers in their early career, to support the planning and delivery of the following ECT programmes locally:
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 the teaching school hubs across the region, to support the delivery of high-quality training and development to schools across our locality.