DfE launches new ITTECF
The new Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Framework (ITTECF), published by the DfE on Wednesday 31 January 2024, combines and updates the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework (CCF) and the Early Career Framework (ECF). It will ensure that all new teachers receive three or more years of training underpinned by the best available evidence. This will help ensure high quality teaching and improve pupil outcomes. Combining the two frameworks ensures a more joined-up development journey from initial teacher training into a teacher's first two years in the classroom.
Teaching School Hub (TSH) voice at the heart of the reforms
The Teaching School Hubs Council have worked closely with DfE to ensure the voice of the TSH network, as key delivery partners of ITT and ECF have been at the centre of the review.
David Higginbottom, Deputy Director at HISP TSH said, “We are excited about some of the key changes made within the new framework, including new statements on supporting pupils with SEND, expanding statements on supporting younger pupils and more explicit focus on oracy and children's mental health.”
Gareth Lindop, Head of Policy at TSHC said, "Our network of 87 Teaching School Hubs has been critical to the success of the ECF, ensuring teachers have access to high-quality, evidence-based training to give them the best start to their careers."
"Over the last 12 months, through some fantastic consultation with DfE, TSHs have discussed the importance of SEND, mentor capacity, subject specificity and progression. We're pleased that many of the points raised by our hubs are reflected in the new framework."
TSHC Chair, Richard Gill believes the latest refinements are another step in the right direction. "For a large proportion of my career, the government invested very little in teacher professional development."
"Now, it spends £130 million per year on ECTs and their mentors alone. This is huge progress and the improvements announced today will make sure that this investment helps every new teacher develop their practice and improve outcomes for all."
Richard’s full TES article can be read here.
The Schools Minister, Damian Hinds MP has also recognised the high workload for mentors by shortening ECF mentor training to one year and providing ready-to-use resources to help mentors focus on nurturing new talent. You can hear more from the minister in his Schools Week piece here.