Today, the Department for Education (DfE) released an update to their Early Career Framework (ECF) Reforms relating to early career teacher pay progression. Their update states that: 

Below, we provide a quick re-cap of what the reforms include and how we can support schools to prepare for the changes. 

What will the early career framework reforms do?  

  • Create a step change in support for early career teachers 

  • Provide a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development  

  • Part of the teacher recruitment and retention strategy, aiming to improve the training and development opportunities available to teachers.  

What does the early career framework include? 

  • Behaviour management  

  • Pedagogy  

  • Curriculum  

  • Assessment  

  • Professional behaviours  

What is the offer?  

  • 2 years of new, funded, high-quality training 

  • freely available high-quality development materials based on the ECF 

  • funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year 

  • a dedicated mentor and support for these mentors including access to funded high-quality training 

  • funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching 

The DfE recommend that schools should read the updated statutory induction guidance and learn more about delivery options to meet statutory requirements before September 2021.  

How has the statutory induction guidance been updated? 

Subject to parliamentary procedure, all early career teachers in England undergoing statutory induction will be entitled to 2 years of high-quality professional development support based on the ECF. 

What if your school offers statutory induction?  

You need to replace your current induction process. Changes include:  

  • The extension of the induction period to 2 school years 

  • Early career teachers undergoing induction are entitled to a 2-year training and support programme based on the ECF 

Statutory induction guidance for early career teachers is available here. 

What is the role of the appropriate body? 

Appropriate bodies will check that early career teachers are receiving a programme of support and training based on the ECF.  

Schools who choose to deliver their own induction programmes, whether using DfE accredited  materials of the ECF itself, must provide information to their appropriate body to demonstrate that their programme fulfils statutory requirements.  

The guidance for appropriate bodies is available here. 

Is there funding available?  

All state funded schools offering statutory induction will receive additional funding to deliver the ECF reforms. The funding will cover: 

  • 5% off timetable in the second year of induction for all early career teachers to undertake induction activities including training and mentoring 

  • funding for mentors to spend with early career teachers in the second year of induction - this is based on 20 hours of mentoring across the academic year 

How can schools deliver early career framework training? 

Schools can either work with one of the 6 DfE accredited providers, who provide face-to-face and online training to early career teachers and their mentors, or choose to deliver their own training.  

If they choose to deliver their own training, they can use DfE accredited materials, quality assured by the Education Endowment Foundation.  

How can The National College help schools prepare for the ECF changes?  

The national college offers a series of webinars led by Jayne Robinson which you can book onto today. 

Jayne is a school leader and SCITT tutor whose 25 years’ experience includes roles as NQT mentor and EYFS lead. 

Early Career Framework Reforms: Preparing for the New Statutory Arrangements from September 2021 

This webinar will provide headteachers and school leaders with information and guidance to help them prepare for the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) Reforms and planned changes to the statutory induction arrangements in September 2021. 

Early Career Framework Reforms: Understanding the Statutory Induction for Early Career Teachers Guidance | Primary  

Early Career Framework Reforms: Understanding the Statutory Induction for Early Career Teachers Guidance | Secondary 

These webinars will provide school governors, headteachers, senior leaders and all school staff with an in-depth review and understanding of the new statutory induction arrangements for early career teachers (ECTs) due to come into force from 1st September 2021. 

Early Career Framework Reforms: Working Collaboratively with Appropriate Bodies in Line with Statutory Guidance | Primary 

Early Career Framework Reforms: Working Collaboratively with Appropriate Bodies in Line with Statutory Guidance | Secondary 

These webinars will provide school governors, headteachers, senior leaders and all school staff with support and advice on how they can work together with appropriate bodies to comply with statutory arrangements for early career teachers (ECTs) due to come into force from 1st September 2021. 

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