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Early Career Framework (ECF)

All Early Career Teachers have a statutory entitlement to a two-year programme of support and development based on the Early Career Framework.

From September 2023, Red Kite Teaching School Hub is partnering with University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE) to deliver the fully funded Early Career Framework (ECF) Full Induction Programme. Red Kite Appropriate Body services remain unchanged.

Schools can choose to sign up for a full induction programme, use the high-quality core induction materials to deliver their own early career teacher and mentor training, or to design and deliver their own ECF-based induction programme. Schools must also sign up with an Appropriate Body to oversee the statutory assessment of their ECT’s induction period.


Benefits of the UCL ECF Programme 

The UCL ECF programme is a fusion of university and school-based expertise working in partnership to create and implement a programme which is:

  • Regional: As a local delivery partner, Red Kite Teaching School Hub has listened carefully to feedback from Headteachers, mentors and ECTs and is using this information to meet the varied needs to better fit school contexts in our region.
  • Flexible: Red Kite Teaching School Hub is working in partnership with UCL flexibly and responsively to design and deliver a programme that recognises the strengths and training needs of ECTs and to support mentors to build on their experience and skillset.
  • Knowledge and evidence-based: Informed by a deep understanding of the development needs of ECTs and Mentors.
  • Drawn from expert theory and current practice: Co-designed by teachers and school leaders, teacher educators and academics with rich experience of translating evidence into practice.
  • Inquiry-based spiral learning: The understanding of key themes is established in Year 1, which then extended and deepened through three practice-based inquiries in Year 2.
  • Embedded in practice: The applied learning complements practice rather than being a ‘bolt on’ that would add to workload.

How to Register an ECT

Red Kite Teaching School Hub aims to make the process as simple as possible. We offer the opportunity to sign up for the Full Induction Programme and Appropriate Body using one form. The same form can be used if you only want one service. You will also need to register your ECT on the DfE Portal.

Click here to register an ECT (AB)

Click here for guidance on how to register on the DfE Portal

UCL Mentor Seminar

To register your place on the UCL Mentor Seminars please select ONE date per Term. Seminars are delivered via an online platform and run from 4pm-5pm

Spring Term

Wednesday, 28th February 2024 - Book here

Thursday, 29th February 2024 - Book here

Tuesday, 5th March 2024 - Book here

Wednesday, 6th March 2024 - Book here

Summer Term

Tuesday, 2nd July 2024 - Book here

Wednesday, 3rd July 2024 - Book here

Tuesday, 9th July 2024 - Book here

Wednesday, 10th July 2024 - Book here

Is your school new to the ECF?

Do you have an ECT for the first time in Sept and what more information on how the process has changed?

If so, book in a 1-2-1 call with our one of our ECF/AB team who will walk you through the process, from explaining the change from NQT to ECF to talking you through the portal and answering any questions you have. We realise how complex this process can be for schools supporting their very first ECT and we are here to help you. Contact to book in a call.

If you would like to discuss your options further, please use our expression of interest form and we will get in touch.

What you need to do if you have an early career teacher starting at your school

What to do if your early career teacher is entering their second year in September 2023

ECTs that completed their first year on our Teach First programme will be unaffected. Their second year will continue with Red Kite Teaching School Hub and Teach First. You do not need to do anything.

DfE Portal - How to register your new ECT

Schools MUST register full details of everyone involved in supporting each ECT on the DfE portal

You must let them know:

  • Which ECF route you are using (full induction programme, using the core induction materials or creating your own programme)
  • If you have chosen full induction programme, which lead provider you are going with. There are six national lead providers. Red Kite TSH is working with University College London Institute of Teaching (UCL IOE)
  • Who your ECF induction tutor is in school (this is whoever will be overseeing the ECT’s induction and completing the paperwork. All emails to the school about the ECF from the DfE will come to the address you provide here)
  • Who the ECT is
  • Who the mentor is

    You will need to provide full information, including TRNs. This is to ensure that you receive the right funding. Please take care to input the correct information in order to get the ECT smoothly onto the programme. It is vital you link the Mentor and ECT on the portal.

Click here for guidance to register your 2023 ECTs with Red Kite

DfE Guidance

The links below have been provided by the Department for Education to provide further guidance on the Early Career Framework.

Induction, training and support for early career teachers (ECTs)
Information on the 2-year induction for ECTs, also the DfE-funded training based on the early career framework (ECF) that is now part of statutory induction.

Changes to statutory induction for early career teachers (ECTs)
Information on the 2-year ECT induction and how it replaces the old 1-year newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction, including the early roll out of the reforms.

How the early career framework (ECF) supports induction
The ECF is a framework for the professional development of early career teachers. ECF-based training is part of their 2-year inductions, but is not assessed.

Funding and eligibility for ECF-based training
How DfE funding for training based on the early career framework (ECF) works, and which schools, early career teachers and mentors are eligible for funding.

How to set up training for early career teachers
Guidance for school leaders and induction tutors on setting up training based on the early career framework.

Guidance for early career teachers (ECTs): ECF-based training
Information for ECTs on professional development training and support based on the early career framework (ECF). This is part of your 2-year induction.

Red Kite Education

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