Early Career Framework

ECF Framework

The Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms will create a step change in support for Early Career Teachers (ECTs), providing a funded entitlement to a structured two-year package of high-quality professional development. The reforms are part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) 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 two 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 the DfE’s online service if they want to use an approved provider or deliver the accredited materials themselves

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