Early Career Framework

The early career framework (ECF) reforms will create a step change in support for early career teachers, providing a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development. The reforms are part of the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, which aims to improve the training and development opportunities available to teachers.

The early career framework is the evidence base which underpins this new entitlement for early career teachers’ professional development. It sets out what all early career teachers should learn about, and learn how to do, during the first 2 years of their careers.

Before September 2021, schools should:

read the updated statutory guidance
choose a delivery approach in order to meet the new requirements
set up their programme through DfE’s online service if they want to use an approved funded provider, or deliver the accredited materials themselves

You can find out more about the Early Career Framework a here.

Statutory guidance

Statutory guidance for schools

Policy updates

Eliminating unnecessary workload associated with data management
Eliminating unnecessary workload around planning and teaching resources
Eliminating unnecessary workload around marking
Unknown children – destined for disadvantage?
Expert Group Reports on ITE content (Note: there are several reports here)
Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development (Note: there are several reports here)

Other reports

Keeping children safe in education Part 1 (DfE 2016)

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