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Early Career Development Programme

The BTSA is working in partnership with Best Practice Network to deliver the Early Career Framework for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in the first two years of their profession. This DfE-funded programme is open to all schools with early career teachers starting in September.

Schools need to register their ECT and Mentor details through the DfE online service. Schools can access their DfE account and the latest information from the DfE via this link: DfE - Manage training for Early Career Teachers

The Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms aim to 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.

What is the Early Career Development Programme?

From September 2021, the government has been funding an entitlement for all early career teachers 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 receive developmental support and training over 2 years instead of one, underpinned by the DfE’s Early Career Framework reforms.

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 based on expert guidance and the best available research evidence. Best Practice Network facilitate the provision of this knowledge through their Early Career Development Programme and work with delivery partners to deliver the programme nationwide.

For full details of BPN ECF Development Programme, please view: Early Career Development Programme

How much does the Early Career Development Programme cost?

The programme is funded by the DfE and freely available for all state-maintained academies and schools in England.

What does the funding provide for?

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).

ECT learning hours across the two years

ECM learning hours across the two years

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

  • 10% time-off timetable in Year 1 and a further 5% off timetable in Year 2 for ECTs to undertake induction activities including training and mentoring
  • funding for mentors to spend time with ECTs in their second year of induction - this is based on 20 hours of mentoring across the academic year


Further Information

For further information on their Early Career Development programme, please select the links below: 

BPN Early Career Framework brochure

Best Practice Network Early Career Framework

Best Practice Network - Links and Resources

Best Practice Network - ECF preview online learning

Should you require further details regarding ECF delivery within our area, please email Denise Mair, BTSA Manager denise.btsa@kingston.essex.sch.uk and she will be very happy to provide additional information and support.