Early Career


The Early Career Framework (ECF) 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.

Induction programmes will include high-quality development materials, underpinned by the ECF, which will support early career teachers to develop the essential knowledge and skills to set them up for a successful and fulfilling career in teaching.

The ECF has been compiled by an expert advisory group with input from teachers, school leaders, academics and experts and has been independently assessed and endorsed by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

The Early Career Framework (ECF) underpins an entitlement to a fully funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence. The package of reforms will ensure new teachers have dedicated time set aside to focus on their development, with additional funding set aside to support this. 

School leaders will have a statutory obligation to ensure that The Early Career Framework is implemented for all early career teachers from September 2021. Full details about the DfE changes to statutory induction and the early career framework reforms (which replace the previous NQT induction arrangements) can be found below.

Three Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction programme options

Registration for the Early Career Framework (ECF) is now open to all schools. Schools are able to choose from three Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction programme options:

Use a training provider to support meeting the new statutory induction requirements

Deliver your own induction programme in your own school using high quality materials and resources, accredited by the DfE

Design your own two year induction programme based on the Early Career Framework

Schools have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of the ECF by selecting the relevant induction programme to suit their needs. Any school who has employed an ECT to begin employment in September 2021 MUST select one of the options as a statutory obligation.

ECF Contact

For information regarding the Early Career Framework or to discuss your options please contact:

ECF Lead : Claire Garbutt

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