What is the Early Career Framework?
The Early Career Framework (ECF) supports early career teachers, providing a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development. The reforms are part of the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, which aims to improve the training and development opportunities available to teachers.
The early career framework underpins this new entitlement for early career teachers’ professional development. It sets out what all early career teachers should learn about and learn how to do during the first 2 years of their careers.
It includes sections on:
- behaviour management
- professional behaviours
What is changing from September 2021?
At The King’s Academy, the two professional mentors are Thomas Harrison and Ami Sharrock. Currently, The King’s Academy works with Painsley and St Joseph’s as the Appropriate Body for ECTs and mentors.
In accordance with DfE and ECF guidelines, ECTs have a reduced timetable of 10% during their first year and 5% in their second year, alongside a dedicated ECT mentor. ECTs have a weekly meeting with their mentor, focussing on pertinent issues related to ongoing ECF CPD, a school priority and topics important to the ECT’s practice at that time. At The King’s Academy, we work collaboratively with our Appropriate Body on the design and delivery of a supportive ECT and ECF programme.
ECTs have observations each term with their mentor and/or professional mentor. Progress reports are completed by the ECT and their mentor at least twice during the two years against the eight DfE teaching standards, and submitted to the Appropriate Body.
ECTs also follow in-school CPD led by the Head of Teaching Learning at The King’s Academy, as well as subject and professional mentors. ECTs also follow available CPD provided by the Appropriate Body.
The Five Core Areas of the ECF
Suggested Webinars and Online Training Videos
Webinar and Q&A: Understanding the Early Career Framework and Supporting ECTs:
Paula Delaney - The Early Career Framework:
KYRA Connect | Preparing for the Early Career Framework:
Early Career Framework - Teacher Mentoring: