Introduction to the ECF

In partnership with UCL: IOE 


Transforming the support and development offer for teachers at the start of their career.

The Early Career Framework builds on Initial Teacher Training and provides a platform for future development.


What is it?

The DfE’s new Early Career Framework (ECF) underpins an entitlement to a fully-funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence. The package of training/support will ensure new teachers have dedicated time set aside to focus on their development. The vision is for the ECF to build on high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and become the cornerstone of a successful career in teaching.

The content of the ECF builds on and complements ITT. 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. As is the case for other professions, areas covered in initial training will be covered in greater depth as part of induction as teachers continue on their journey to becoming experts.

Want to know more?

From September 2021, new teachers will be provided a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development. They will receive a dedicated Mentor and Induction Tutor who will support and guide them through their induction period.

Mentors will receive support and guidance through UCL:IOE training and funding will be provided to cover the Mentor’s time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.

We fundamentally believe in collaboration and we are eager to help school implement the ECF, so please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

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More information on the Early Career Framework reforms is available on

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