ECTs 2021-22

What is the Early Career Framework?

The Early Career Framework (ECF) is a two year package of professional development, designed to help you transition from your Initial Teaching Training into your first teaching position.

The programme is underpinned by the latest educational research and you will have access to high quality materials via the Education Development Trust’s online platform. You will also be invited to two regional Early Career Teacher conferences and a series of smaller group sessions for face-to-face training with other Early Career Teachers from across North Birmingham.

You’ll be supported by a mentor in your school and will meet with them weekly during your first year and fortnightly during your second year.

What will I be learning about?

The ECF builds on the knowledge and skills you developed during your Initial Teacher Training.  All of the materials are accredited by the DfE and endorsed by the Education Endowment Foundation.

They cover areas including:

  • Behaviour management
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Professional behaviours

What will I be doing each week?

Over the two years of the Early Career Professional Development Programme, you will work through 12 Blocks, one per half term. Each Block has been designed based on international best practice of effective professional development and includes:

  • Self-Directed Study Materials: Interactive self-study materials which explain the research behind the Early Career Framework and exemplifications of what this looks like in the classroom. There is also protected time in Year 1 as part of the self-directed study to observe colleagues and to be observed.

  • Mentor Sessions: One-to-one sessions to help you translate the research into your own practice and reflect on your learning and development.

  • Training Sessions: Group sessions, delivered face-to-face, to explore the Early Career Framework with your peers. These sessions will be facilitated by an expert practitioner who will extend your thinking and support your planning by sharing practical applications of the research in your classroom.

When will I get access to the online platform?

User names and passwords for the online platform will be available from your induction tutor from Monday 6th September 2021.

More information can also be found in the ECT Welcome pack.