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Early Career Development Programme

Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership has been chosen by the DfE as one of six Lead Providers to deliver the Early Career Framework nationwide. This DfE-funded programme is open to all schools with early career teachers starting in September.

The Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms lay a strong foundation for every new teacher through evidence-based professional development and support that will ensure they feel confident, in control and excited about their new teaching career.

Early Career Development Programme

Designed in close partnership with teachers, headteachers, academics, the Chartered College of Teaching and the Education Endowment Foundation, the ECF underpins what all early career teachers should be entitled to learn about and learn how to do based on expert guidance and the best available research evidence. Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership will facilitate the provision of this knowledge through their Early Career Development Programme and will be delivering the programme nationwide from September 2021.

New teachers will now receive development support and training over 2 years instead of one, underpinned by the ECF. The offer for early career teachers includes:

  • 2 years of new, funded, high-quality training
  • funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year
  • a dedicated mentor and support for these mentors including access to funded high-quality training
  • funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching

The DfE funding provides for the full 2 year induction of an early career teacher (consisting of 122 learning hours over the duration of the programme). There is a further 36 hours of funded training for an in-school mentor (please see images below).

As well as full access to the programme outlined above, the DfE funding provides for:

  • 10% time-off timetable for early career teachers in Year 1
  • 5% time-off timetable in the second year of induction for all early career teachers to undertake induction activities including training and mentoring
  • funding for mentors to spend with early career teachers in the second year of induction - this is based on 20 hours of mentoring across the academic year

Best Practice previously invited all schools to an ECF briefing 'ECF - What schools need to know' to provide information and support when selecting your ECF provider.  Please select the link below to view the briefing presentation:
ECF - What schools need to know

Further Information

For further information on their Early Career Development programme, including a webinar on content, delivery, funding and how to apply, please visit Best Practice Network website by selecting the links below:

Best Practice Network Early Career Framework

Early Career Framework - Links and Resources

Early Career Framework VLE - preview online learning