At Pennine we are please to announce that we are a delivery partner of Best Practice Network and will be delivering the ECF from September 2021.

From September 2021 all Newly Qualified Teachers will become Early Career Teachers and will be entitled to 2 years of induction support. 

Developing the next generation of teachers

Our Early Career Development Programme supports Early Career Teachers (ECTs) to develop the skills and confidence needed to flourish in the classroom. Designed to follow seamlessly from Initial Teacher Training, the 2 year fully-funded induction programme gives ECTs structured support based on the Early Career Framework and additionally provides for the training of in-school mentors. 

  •   Provides a solid evidence-based development programme for a long and successful career in teaching

  •   Delivers vital support at a critical stage in a teacher's career allowing for greater retention of staff

  •   Includes a development programme for in-school mentors facilitating the sharing of experience and best practice

  •   Fully funded by the DfE with flexible non-onerous delivery schedule

  •   Delivered by the leading provider of school leadership CPD 

Support for Early Career Teachers

The Early Career Development Programme has been designed with the Early Career Teacher in mind. The first years of a teacher's career are vitally important for professional development and the best time to develop good habits and effective teaching strategies.

Flexibly delivered with the time constraints of an Early Career Teacher in mind, the programme comprehensively delivers all the content of the Early Career Framework and slots neatly into the schedule of an early career teacher.

  •   Face-to-face and online webinars with leading experts

  •   Regular meetings with an in-school mentor 

  •   Self-study featuring rich multimedia content including videos, practical tasks and discussion activities

Fully funded for all early career teachers in England


From September 2021, the government is funding entitlement for all early career teachers in England to access high-quality professional development at the start of their career. New teachers will now receive development support and training over 2 years instead of one. The offer for early career teachers includes:

  • 2 years of new, funded, high-quality training

  • freely available high-quality development materials based on the early career framework

  • additional funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year

  • a dedicated mentor and support for these mentors

  • funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching

​For more information and to enroll your ECT with us please contact alison.ley@castlehillschool.org.uk