Mentors

What is the Early Career Framework?

The ECF programme is a two year package of professional development, designed to help ECTs transition from their Initial Teaching Training and to thrive as new teachers in the profession. It is also a structured professional development programme for mentors, supporting them to develop their knowledge of both effective coaching strategies alongside the evidence base underpinning the ECF.

The role of ECF mentor

The role of ECF mentor and the responsibilities which go alongside it are different to those of an NQT mentor.

ECF mentors guide their ECTs through 12 blocks of evidence-led content, supporting them to develop their knowledge and skills to be successful in the early stages of their career. Through discussion, practice and reflection, mentors encourage ECTs to identify their own action steps to further develop their classroom practice and subject specific pedagogy.

More information can be found in your welcome pack, which your Induction Tutor will share with you.

What should my ECT be doing each half term?

Each half term, ECTs should:

1. Work through the self-study content on the EDT portal during their ECT time including watching any webinars.

2. Meet with their mentor once a week* to discuss the evidence base introduced in the self-study materials and identify next steps to move their practice forward. *Once a fortnight in the second year.

3. Attend face to face and / or virtual training sessions with other ECTs from North Birmingham once per term. 

4. Complete the survey at the end of the block and reflect on their progress and action points.

What should I be doing each half term?

At the start of each half term, Mentors should:

1. Log into the EDT portal and download the content for the weekly meetings.

2. Watch the webinar and read the reading and reflection document which shares the evidence base for each block. There is also a short podcast available for each block, giving mentors the option to develop their understanding of the ECF evidence base through multiple channels.

3. Prepare for the weekly* mentor meeting by reading through the proposed content.
*Once a fortnight in the second year.

4. Meet with their ECT using the content from the portal to structure the meeting.

5. Mentors might choose to do some informal lesson drop-ins to identify the next development steps for their ECT.

6. Attend the virtual / face to face training sessions delivered by the Arthur Terry TSH, North Birmingham to further develop their understanding of mentoring and the ECF evidence base.

How do I access the online platform?

All of the content for your weekly mentor meetings, any webinars and reading and reflection documents can be found by visiting ECF: DP Dashboard (eddevtrust.com).

Once your Induction Tutor has registered you on the DfE portal, EDT will send you a user name and password. These will be sent from  ecf@educationdevelopmenttrust.com. Please check your junk, clutter or other inboxes if you haven’t seen these details.

If you haven’t received your user name and password for this site please attempt to re-set your login details. You can do this by visiting ECF: DP Dashboard (eddevtrust.com), entering your school e-mail address as your username and then click re-set password. If this doesn’t work, please e-mail ect@atlp.org.uk

When will the mentor training events take place?

Mentors joining the programme in April 2024.

Mentors joining the ECF programme in April 2024, will follow the new mentor training programme. This has been re-designed following feedback from mentors and leaders within schools in order to offer additional flexibility for mentors.

When mentors receive their login details from EDT, they will be signposted to the mentor induction programme available on the EDT online platform. This is made up of a series of webinars and short information videos supporting you to find out more about the ECF programme, the principles of instructional coaching as well as providing guidance on how to navigate the platform. Mentors should work through this programme at their own pace. We’ve designed a handy guide to the online induction programme, supporting you to access the right content at the right time.

In addition to the online induction programme, mentors will also attend six training events over the course of the two years; one each term. These events take place at the beginning of each half term, providing you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of the evidence base and to develop your own mentoring practice.

April 23-24 Cohort – Mentor Training Events

Group NameDateLocation
April 23-24
Mentor
Wednesday 1st May 2024
9:30am – 12:30pm
The Arthur Terry School
B74 4RZ

January 23-24 Cohort – Mentor Training Events

If you started working with an ECT in January 2024, you are in the January 23-24 mentor cohort. Details of your events can be found below.

Group NameDateLocation
January 23-24
Mentor
Wednesday 24th April 2024
8:30am – 10:30am
Virtual on Zoom

September 23-24 Cohort – Mentor Training Events

If you started working with an ECT in September 2023, you are in the September 23-24 mentor cohort. Details of your events can be found below.

Group NameDateLocation
Mini EggsTuesday 16th April 2024
9am – 11am
Virtual on Zoom
FreddoThursday 11th April
9am – 11am
Virtual on Zoom
ButtonsTuesday 16th April 2024
9am – 11am
Virtual on Zoom
CrunchieTuesday 16th April 2024
9am – 11am
Virtual on Zoom
TwirlThursday 11th April
9am – 11am
Virtual on Zoom
Double DeckerThursday 11th April
9am – 11am
Virtual on Zoom
Dairy MilkThursday 11th April
2pm – 4pm
Virtual on Zoom
WispaTuesday 16th April
2-4pm
Virtual on Zoom
BournvilleThursday 11th April
2pm – 4pm
Virtual on Zoom

Mentors who joined the programme before September 2023

Over the course of the two year ECF programme, mentors attend three face-to-face training events. One in the first term of the programme, one in the second term of the programme and then a final event in the sixth term of the programme. There is also a virtual session on zoom at the start of the second year of the programme.

Mentors tend to be in the same cohort as their ECT. If you are a ‘replacement mentor’ (taking over the role from someone else) you will join the same cohort as your predecessor.

September 22 – 23 Cohort

During the Summer Term 23-24, your ECT will be working through blocks 11 and 12 of the programme.

Group NameDateVenue
FreddoTuesday 4th June 2024
9am – 12pm
Venue TBC
ButtonsThursday 13th June 2024
9am – 12pm
Venue TBC
CrunchieThursday 13th June 2024
9am – 12pm
Venue TBC
TwirlTuesday 4th June 2024
1pm – 4pm
Venue TBC
Dairy MilkTuesday 4th June 2024
1pm – 4pm
Venue TBC
WispaThursday 13th June 2024
1pm – 4pm
Venue TBC

January 22-23 Cohort

During the Summer Term 23-24, your ECT will be working through blocks 9 and 10 of the programme. There are no mentor training sessions for you to attend this term.

April 22-23 Cohort

During the Summer Term 23-24, your ECT will be working through blocks 7 and 8 of the programme. There are no mentor training sessions for you to attend this term.

Who do I contact if I have a problem?

Speak to your Induction Tutor in your school.

If they can’t answer your question, please e-mail our ECF Team ect@atlp.org.uk