The Early Career Framework: Bridging the Gap from ITT to a Sustained Career
With schools having welcomed all pupils back to the classroom, there is a sense of optimism as we see young people once again enjoying the benefits of face-to-face teaching.
Teachers are fundamental to young people’s enjoyment of school. That is why, despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Department for Education (DfE) has remained focused on delivering on the ambitions we set out in our Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy. At the heart of this strategy is a plan to create a world class system of teacher development.
From September, the Early Career Framework reforms will provide teachers with a solid foundation on which to build a successful career. In combination with the Initial Teacher Training Core Content Framework and the reforms to National Professional Qualifications, the Early Career Framework forms part of a golden thread of high-quality professional development for teachers at every stage of their careers.
All new teachers will be entitled to two years of high-quality, structured professional development and support after their initial training. This will ensure they have proper support in the first years of teaching when the learning curve is steepest. To give them time to focus on their development, teachers will have a five per cent timetable reduction in their second year of teaching, on top of the ten per cent off-timetable they already receive in their first year.
The new two-year induction will be underpinned by the Early Career Framework, which sets out how teachers in the first years of their career can develop their knowledge and skills to deliver effective teaching. The Framework has been designed in collaboration with leading experts and teachers, and independently assessed and endorsed by the Education Endowment Foundation, providing reassurance that the framework is based on the best available evidence.
Appropriate Bodies will play a role in ensuring all early career teachers benefit from an Early Career Framework programme, alongside their current role ensuring that new teachers receive their statutory entitlements and are fairly and consistently assessed.
School Trusts will play a vital role in making these reforms a success, helping teachers to continuously develop throughout their career and to deliver great teaching for years to come.
Having a good mentor can make all the difference to a new teacher. Every early career teacher will now be entitled to a dedicated mentor throughout their induction. The mentor will provide targeted coaching and feedback, including phase or subject specific mentoring. Recognising how essential effective mentoring is, we are giving mentors access to high-quality training and funding the time they spend with their early career teachers in the second year of induction.
Schools will decide how best they can implement the Early Career Framework reforms. We expect most schools will choose to work with one of six Lead Providers accredited by the DfE, who will design and deliver a comprehensive programme of face-to-face and online training to early career teachers and their mentors.
The six Lead Providers have been announced as: Ambition Institute, Best Practice Network, Capita with lead academic partner the University of Birmingham, Education Development Trust, Teach Firstand UCL Institute of Education, and all have formed relationships with local delivery partners. The easiest way for schools to sign up to one of these programmes is to contact your local Teaching School Hub. You can also contact Lead Providers directly or other known local delivery partners.
A small number of schools may choose to develop their own inductions based on freely available DfE accredited materials or design a programme from scratch based on the Early Career Framework.
We have had encouraging feedback from those involved in the early rollout of the Framework this year. Early career teachers have welcomed the provision of a clear and well sequenced teacher development curriculum, as well as the consistent support and reassurance provided by high-quality mentoring. The national rollout will now see that the benefits of these reforms will be felt by early career teachers right across the country.
These reforms are a central part of the DfE’s long term vision for the profession and form a key part of our education recovery strategy. School Trusts will play a vital role in making these reforms a success, helping teachers to continuously develop throughout their career and to deliver great teaching for years to come.
More information on the Early Career Framework reforms can be found on GOV.UK