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Early Career Framework ​​​​​​​

What is the ECF? 

From September 2021, the government has been funding an entitlement for all Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in England to access high-quality professional development at the start of their career with a view to greater teacher support and retention. New teachers will now receive developmental support and training over 2 years, underpinned by the DfE’s Early Career Framework reforms. The ECF covers training on behaviour management, pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours.  

Further details on the delivery options available to schools are here

To find out about different options for how to deliver the ECF please watch the video below. 

Welcome to the ECF Video



How much does the ECF cost? 

All eligible schools will receive funding from the DfE for 10% time-off timetable in Year 1 and 5% off timetable in Year 2 for ECTs to undertake induction activities including training and mentoring. It also provides funding for mentors to spend with ECTs in their second year of induction (based on 20 hours of mentoring across the academic year). 

For schools choosing the DfE-funded programme (such as with Educational Development Trust), it is freely available for all maintained schools and academies in England. As well as full access to the programme (which covers all training and delivery costs), schools will also receive an additional backfill payment to cover the cost of release-time for the Mentor training (36 hours over the 2 years). 

Schools choosing to deliver or design their own ECF-based programme will not receive any additional funding from the DfE as outlined above. All costs associated with delivering and training will need to be funded by the school.  

For information on the funding schools will receive from the DfE please visit this page