What is the ECF?

The ECF is the evidence base which underpins the new entitlement for Early Career Teachers’ (ECTs) Professional Development. The framework was created as part of the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, providing a funded entitlement to a structured 2 year package of high-quality professional development. The ECF sets out what all ECTs should learn about, and learn how to do, during the first 2 years of their careers.

From September 2021 the statutory induction checklist includes:
• Induction period of 2 school years (6 terms)
• Entitlement to a 2 year training and support programme based on the ECF
• 10% reduction in timetable received in the first year of induction and 5% reduction in
second year. This time should be in addition to PPA and should be used to specifically enable
ECTs to undertake activities in their induction programme
• Each ECT will be supported by an assigned mentor. The role of the Mentor is key and is a
separate role to that of Induction Tutor
• 2 Formal assessment points, one at mid-point (the end of term three) and end point (the
end of term 6). These are supported with by regular progress reviews to monitor progress.
These reviews will take place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled.

Summit Learning Trust is an advocate for the DfEs vision for teacher training and development system in which:

  • The ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) and the Early Career Framework (ECF) establish an entitlement to a 3 or more year structured package of support;
  • Mentoring and support from expert colleagues forms a key element of this multi-year entitlement;
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will continue to be awarded at the end of Initial Teacher Training against the Teachers’ Standards; and
  • The ITT CCF and the ECF will draw on the best available evidence.

“There are no great schools without great teachers”. All teachers deserve high quality support throughout their careers, and in the first few years this is when the learning curve is steepest. Early Career Teachers, like in other professions such as law and medicine, require high quality, structured support in order to begin the journey towards becoming an expert.