The three approaches Schools can take to deliver an ECF-based induction

Published: Wednesday June 23 2021 by Melanie Crewe

As already discussed in our previous blog, where we took a look at the changes ahead for ECTs, the early career framework (ECF) reforms will provide a funded entitlement to a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development for all Early Career Teachers. These reforms are part of the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, which aims to improve the training and development opportunities available to teachers.

There are 3 approaches Schools can take to deliver an ECF-based induction and it is up to school leaders to choose the approach that best suits the needs of their early career teachers and mentors.

  1. A funded provider-led programme

A DfE- funded training programme which has been designed to be the simplest option and the one that most schools are likely to use, since there are no direct costs to the school. Training providers will design and deliver a comprehensive programme of face-to-face and online training. This support will be fully funded.

Lead providers will be inspected by Ofsted so schools can be assured that this training will remain high-quality.

State-funded schools can choose to work with one of 6 providers accredited by the DfE. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘full induction programme’.

Providers include:

Funding will cover:

  • time off timetable for ECT and mentors in the second year of induction paid directly to schools
  • training delivered directly to ECTs by an external provider - providers will be paid directly so schools will not face any payment burdens
  • additional funding to backfill mentor time spent undertaking training paid directly to schools
  1. Schools deliver their own training using DfE-accredited materials and resources

Some schools may choose to develop their own induction programme using freely available DfE-accredited materials, sometimes referred to as a ‘core induction programme’.

This includes:

  • self-directed study materials
  • mentor session guidelines
  • training session outlines

These materials have been accredited by the DfE and quality assured by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Funding

Funding will cover time off timetable for early career teachers and mentors, in the second year of induction, paid directly to schools.

  1. Schools design and deliver their own ECF-based induction

Some schools may choose to design and deliver their own 2-year induction programme, including materials and training, for early career teachers and their mentors based on the ECF.

NQTs studying

Funding

Funding will cover time off timetable for early career teachers and mentors, in the second year of induction, paid directly to schools.

 

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