The Early Career Framework (ECF) will transforming the support and development offer for teachers at the start of their career. From September 2021, all early career teachers will be entitled to an ‘ECF induction’.
This entitles early career teachers to two years of support including:
- Funded time off timetable (10% in year 1 and an additional 5% off timetable in year 2) to undertake a planned 131-hour curriculum of training, covering all the Early career Framework (ECF) ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how’ statement. This includes self-directed study sessions, mentor sessions and training sessions
- A trained mentor, familiar with the evidence and practice of the Early career Framework (ECF), with funded time off timetable to support the early career teacher
Schools will be encouraged by the Department for Education (DfE) to choose a Full Induction Programme (FIP) approach to induction. This will be a free-to-use programme that will offer high-quality training for early career teachers and their mentors delivered by an external provider that compliments the self-study and mentor sessions. This is the easiest option for schools. Schools opting for the Core Induction Programme (CIP) approach to induction will be able to draw upon the content but will need to design and deliver the early career teacher and mentor training themselves. Schools opting to use a school based programme of induction will receive no support from the Department for Education (DfE) in creating or procuring their own.
During 2020-21, the Department for Education (DfE) will commission national providers to deliver the Early Career Framework (ECF).