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Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework (ECF) is designed to help teachers succeed at the start of their careers. It became statutory from September 2021, replacing the NQT process for induction.   

The ECF programme consists of face-to-face training, virtual learning groups, webinars and weekly video tutorials, and has been tailored to fit with the demands of school life by providing online learning that can be undertaken at any time, in any place.  

This Department for Education-funded programme aims to help educators develop expertise, improving wellbeing and job satisfaction. 

Information for schools

United Learning partners with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver our Early Career Teachers (ECTs) induction programmeThis programme is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of early career teachers against the Early Career Framework (ECF). This is a two-year package of support, including access to the best available evidence, and internationally-recognised effective practice from around the world. 

With retention an issue across the education sector, investment in teachers' development has never been more important, especially for those who are just starting out.

Benefits for your school include:

  • Improved expertise and confidence of ECTs
  • Improved wellbeing and job satisfaction of ECTs
  • Boost recruitment and retention of staff by providing quality professional development and mentoring

United Learning schools are expected to support all ECTs and their mentors in completing the programme. The team at United Teaching will help schools establish the ECF programme in their setting.

Information for candidates

The Early Career Framework (ECF) programme is delivered in partnership with Ambition Institute, and is design to develop your knowledge and skills. You will learn about: 

  • explicit instruction, curriculum assessment, behaviour management and self-regulation 
  • the principles of effective teaching and learning, putting you on the path to becoming an expert 
  • reflection and continuous improvement so you can continue to progress in your career.

All Early Career Teachers (ECTs) must complete the ECF programme in their first two years of teaching at a United Learning school. 

Contact Details

The Early Career Teacher (ECT) programme is delivered by the Central London and Swindon & Wiltshire Teaching Schools Hubs, both of which offer appropriate body services for schools.

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