Frequently Asked Questions

ECF: General questions about the Early Career Framework 

  1. What is the Early Career Framework and what is an ECT? 

The 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 reforms will ensure new teachers have dedicated time set aside to focus on their development. The ‘early career teacher’ (ECT) replaces the NQT to reflect the two-year induction period, as opposed to one year. The package offers more dedicated time for teachers to focus on their development. The Department for Education have commited to: 

  • Funding and guaranteeing 5% off-timetable in the second year of teaching for all early career teachers; early career teachers will continue to have a 10% timetable reduction in their first year of induction.  

  • Creating high quality, freely available ECF curricula and training materials;  

  • Establishing full, high quality ECF training programmes;  

  • Funding time for mentors to support early career teachers; and  

  • Fully funded mentor training. 

 

ECF: Our Full Induction Programme, Ambition Institute & Delivery Partners 

 

  1. Which national provider are you using for the Full Induction Programme? 

Ambition Institute – click here for more information: Ambition Institute. We have partnered with Ambition Institute as their values and style closely align with our own. We believe in the process of high quality ‘coaching’ style support. Key features of the programme include regular, bite-sized learning as part of a regular and frequent routine. The programme will also share practical examples of putting theory into practice using classroom videos for a variety of settings. Practice is at the heart of teacher learning and the programme builds time in for practicing routines in order to make progress.  

 

  1. What is the advantage of using the full induction programme as opposed to the core and school-led programmes? 

It is fully funded by the DfE and schools will not have to undergo additional fidelity checks at additional cost as they will be using a recognised provider.  

 

  1. What is the benefit of designing your own programme? Why would schools choose this option? 

The only benefit would include resourcing and delivery of the ECT entitlement. However, Ambition Institute’s offering is of high quality. It is not cheaper for schools to design their own programme.  

 

  1. What does mentor training involve and how much additional time to we need to allocate to our mentors? 

For the two-year induction, mentors are expected to meet with the early career teacher each week. Mentor training will be taking place in the summer term (June/July) but there will also be mop-up sessions in September 2021. 

 

  1. How will reports work for Early Career Teachers? 

We will be using NQT manager who will be re-branded ECT manager and have changed their systems in response to the changes in guidance. Progress will be made through monitoring and observations. A report will be submitted at theend of each term where an assessment does not take place, and full assessment reports will be submitted at the end of year one and two.  

 

  1. Who are your delivery partners? 

As much as possible, we would like to keep existing links and partnerships between schools. Within each borough that we serve (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London, Camden and Islington) we have partnership schools across all phases to support with the delivery of the ECT programme, including face-to-face clinics and conferences. 

 

  1. How will reports work for Early Career Teachers? 

We will be using NQT manager who will be re-branded ECT manager and have changed their systems in response to the changes in guidance. Progress will be made through monitoring and observations. A report will be submitted at the end of each term where an assessment does not take place, and full assessment reports will be submitted at the end of year one and two. 

 

  1. Is there an expectation that ECTs keep the same mentor both years? 

 

Yes but this is not compulsory. 

There are two roles, Induction Coordinator (also known as tutor) and Mentor.  

The mentor supports the ECT’s practice on a weekly basis, conducting observations and meetings. They will support them in working towards the Teachers’ Standards. The mentor should be ideally in the same subject area.  

The Induction Coordinator will be involved at formal monitoring points during progress reviews at and end of term assessments. The mentor provides evidence to the tutor to support this. The tutor should ideally remain in the post, even if the mentor changes. 

 

  1. Is funding available for year 1 and 2? 

The ECT programme is for two years instead of one, so funding is available for both of these years. 

 

  1. When will a decision need to be made regarding the provider? 

Due to demand, we are asking that schools sign up as soon as possible. We would like to ask that schools can sign up by Friday 28th May at the latest. You can do so here

 

Appropriate Body Services 

 

  1. If we register with the Central London Teaching School hub for the full induction programme, do we also have to use them as an appropriate body service? 

No – you are able to register with us for the full induction programme but use a different AB service, such as the local authority. Teaching Schools will no longer be able to serve as your AB service if they have done previously.  

 

  1. What is the cost difference of using the LA and the Central London Teaching School Hub as an Appropriate Body? 

Our cost per ECT on the full induction programme for AB services will be £400 for two years (the duration of the Induction Programme). Pricing for AB services where schools have chosen the core induction or school-led induction programme are different. Please contact us for more information about this scenario. 

 

Next Steps and Timeline  

 

  1. If you haven’t done so already, register with us using this form.  

  1. Once you have registered, you will be contacted about the dates of the mentor training in June and July. Use this guidance to consider who you would like to choose as an ECT mentor. 

  1. You will need to appoint an Induction Coordinator (also known as Induction Tutor by DfE) for your school. They will have overall responsibility for the ECT programme in your school and will write the reports with evidence provided by the mentor. For more guidance on choosing an Induction Coordinator, please click here. 

 

For more information about a school’s roles and responsibilities with regards to the ECF, please click here