Early Career Framework (ECF)
Great teachers continuously improve over time, benefiting from the mentoring of expert colleagues and a structured introduction to the core body of knowledge, skills and behaviours that define great teaching. Teachers deserve high-quality support throughout their careers, particularly in those first years after Initial Teacher Education when the learning curve is steepest.
The Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms, which commenced in Sept 2021, entitle all early career teachers to a fully-funded, two-year package of structured training and support, linked to the best available research evidence.
Manor Teaching School Hub has chosen to work with Ambition Institute, one of 6 providers accredited by the DfE, who have designed a comprehensive programme of face-to-face and online training for early career teachers and their mentors.
Learning about and learning how to do, it includes sections on:
- Behaviour Management
- The Curriculum
- Professional Behaviours
To hear about the experiences of a local Primary school click here to a case study.
The free CPD programme in more detail
For early career teachers, the two-year programme includes:
- A comprehensive orientation webinar to introduce the programme.
- Three day-long conferences covering the most important aspects of the Early Careers Framework.
- 30 mins of bite-sized, self-directed online study per week in year one and fortnightly in year two.
- Termly, hour long facilitated webinars tackling tricky areas of practice.
Weekly sessions with your in-school mentor helping you to identify tailored action points to improve practice.
Since the mentor sessions are so intrinsic to excellent progress, mentors are also provided with training to support their use of instructional coaching to guide the feedback sessions.
If you would like to know more about the structure or content of the programme visit Ambition Institutes ECT programme page.
What to do next.
Since the ECF is an entitlement for all early career teachers, schools need to provide access to all of the learning within the Early Career Framework. It is possible for a school or Trust to write and deliver their own ECF programme – the options are known as delivering the core programme yourselves or designing a school-led programme. It is important that if you are considering these options that you understand the requirements to get your ECF provision verified with your local Appropriate Body for which there is a cost.
Most schools nationwide have chosen to register with a national provider programme such as the Ambition Institute offer. Manor Teaching School Hub is the local provider for Wolverhampton, Walsall and South Staffordshire schools with teams in each area delivering local sessions with high-quality experienced facilitators.