The Early Career Framework (ECF)

The Early Career Framework (ECF) was introduced in September 2021 by the Department of Education (DfE) to ensure all Early Career Teachers (ECTs – formerly known as NQTs) receive high quality, professional development and support during their 2 year statutory induction.

We are the designated Teaching School Hub for schools in Dorset and BCP and are working in partnership with University College London (UCL) to provide the fully funded Full Induction Programme (FIP) for the ECF.  More information about the FIP can be found here

The Full Induction Programme consists of:

  • The Early Career Framework which provides high quality training of ECTs and Mentors through the Early Career Framework
  • The Statutory Induction and Accreditation of the ECT provided by an Appropriate Body
Key Roles for the Early Career Framework

Each school who signs up to the ECF Full Induction Programme will need to ensure the following 3 key roles are fulfilled. 

Headteacher / School Leader : The Headteacher / School Leader is responsible for nominating an Induction Lead (aka Induction Tutor) to oversee the induction and a suitable Mentor to work closely with the ECT.

Induction Lead (aka Induction Tutor) : The Induction Lead (aka Induction Tutor) is responsible for overseeing the training and school based experience of the ECT as well as a range of monitoring and regular formal observations and feedback in conjunction with the Mentor.

Mentor: This must be someone who is suitably experienced to engage with mentor training, be familiar with the ECF core areas and the Teacher Standards and work closely with the ECT to support their development.

Early Career Framework (ECF) for September 2023

New to the Early Career Framework (ECF) ?

The Department of Education has contacted all schools requesting their registration on the DfE Online Teacher CPD Service platform and selection of their chosen delivery pathway for the ECF Programme. The DfE invitation will have been sent to the email address(es) registered against the school in GIAS (Get Information About Schools). Full step by step DfE guidance is available using this link

When registering on the platform for the first time it is important to select ‘Use a DfE-funded training provider’ in order to access the fully funded programme. The DfE states “You must confirm your choice of training provider directly with the provider. You do not need to let the DfE know which provider you choose”.

If you are a school who has not yet signed up with us for the ECF and plan to employ an Early Career Teacher (ECT) in 2023/2024, please complete a short form to provide your school details using this link

We will use the information you provide to contact your designated Induction Lead (Tutor) with:

  • An agreement to work with us and UCL so that we can register your ECTs and Mentors for the Full Induction Programme from September 2023
  • Regular updates and necessary actions regarding the ECF and Appropriate Body Services throughout the academic year and be a point of contact for your school
  • Information to ensure that everything will be in place for us to provide the Full Induction Programme to your ECTs starting in September.
If your School is already signed up for the Early Career Framework (ECF)

If your school has already signed up to the ECF with us, but are planning to employ additional ECTs from September 2023, please provide their details on the DfE Online Teacher CPD Service platform which you will have already registered for. Please ensure you select Cohort 2023 on the platform; we will then receive all your ECT and Mentor information who are starting in September 2023.

The DfE Online Teacher CPD Service will be open from 1st July 2023 registration of ECT commencing in September 2023

We will use this information to:

  • Register your ECT and Mentor for access to the UCLeXtend Platform (the online learning platform)
  • Register your ECT with the Teaching Regulation Agency for the Appropriate Body (AB) Services – unless you tell us you do not want to use our Appropriate Body
  • Allocate your ECT and Mentors to an appropriate training group
Change of Details or Circumstances for ECTs / Mentors and Induction Leads

Please compete this form to inform us of any changes to ECT, Mentor and Induction Lead details, schools and circumstances.   Thank you for your help with this. South Central TSH. 

Appropriate Body

If your school employs an ECT, you MUST Register your ECT with an Appropriate Body. We can offer the Full Induction Programme Appropriate Body services for £200 per ECT per year (from September 2023). To find out more about our Appropriate Body, please visit our Appropriate Body page

ECT Manager: New for September 2023

This online platform will make it easier for schools to register their ECTs with us as Appropriate Body. It will also allow Schools and ECTs easy access to view and update progress reviews and assessments throughout their statutory induction. We will contact you very soon with all the details you need.

If you have any questions, then please contact us.