Early Career Framework (ECF)

Transforming the support and development offer for teachers at the start of their career

Teachers are the foundation of the education system – there are no great schools without great teachers. Teachers deserve high quality support throughout their careers, particularly in those first years of teaching when the learning curve is steepest. Just as with other esteemed professions like medicine and law, teachers in the first years of their career require high quality, structured support in order to begin the journey towards becoming an expert. During induction, it is essential that early career teachers are able to develop the knowledge, practices and working habits that set them up for a fulfilling and successful career in teaching.

However, too often, new teachers have not enjoyed the support they need to thrive, nor have they had adequate time to devote to their professional development. 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.

The Early Career Framework provides a two-year package for Early Career Teachers and their mentors. It is supported and fully funded by the Department for Education.

Early career teachers benefit from:

• a structured two-year package of support, training and resources
• flexible online and face to face training modules
• access to expert resources
• a mentor, identified by you, trained by us
• free membership to the Chartered College of Teaching

Northern Education Trust offers the ECF in partnership with Teach First and has been involved from the onset of writing the Teach First initial bid.

Teach First Programme

Delivered through a mix of face-to-face and online modules, the programme is structured to help Early Career Teachers integrate theory, practice and feedback.

Year 1

• Creating powerful learning environments
• How pupils learn
• How to plan and teach lessons
• Supporting every pupil to succeed
• Assessment and feedback
• Planning a coherent curriculum

Each module includes self-directed study materials containing expert guidance, research and examples of best practice. Programme members will join online training sessions to discuss theory and their own experiences with small groups of peers and experts. Programme members will also get access to coaching sessions to support them to put the theory into practice with the support of their mentor.

Year 2

• Engage in subject/phase-specific collaborative learning and development
• Develop their autonomy of learning
• Choose from a range of career development modules; (including implementing research in the classroom, understanding the role of a career leader, understanding the role of a mentor and understanding the role of a middle leader).
• Continue to benefit from instructional coaching sessions with their mentor


Mentors will get face-to-face training to develop skills in:

• Assessing teacher progress
• Providing effective feedback
• Using deliberate practice to accelerate progress
• How to provide further challenge to high performing ECTs


For more information please visit https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/early-career-framework