Early Career Framework Overview

Early Career Framework Overview

The Early Career Framework is a 2 year government funded programme, offering a framework and resources to better support to Newly Qualified Teachers and their Mentors. The programme was announced as a key element the DfE's plans to increase retention for early career teachers in the teaching profession.

Early Roll-out:

As of September 2020, the Early Career Framework is available in the North East, Bradford, Doncaster and Greater Manchester. NETSP is proud to be delivering the programme in the North East as part of the UCL Early Career Teacher Consortium.


The ECF covers the 8 teaching standards as part of the following 5 modules over 2 years:

  • Enabling pupil learning: Standard 1 (High expectations) and Standard 7 (Managing behaviour)
  • Engaging pupils in learning: Standard 2 (How pupils learn) and Standard 3 (Subject and curriculum)
  • Developing quality pedagogy: Standard 4 (Classroom practice) and Standard 5 (Adaptive teaching)
  • Making productive use of assessment: Standard 6 (Assessment)
  • Fulfilling professional responsibilities: Standard 8 (Professional behaviours)

In order to fund the programme the DfE have committed to:

  • Funding and guaranteeing 5% off-timetable in the second year of teaching for all early career teachers; early career teachers will continue to have a 10% timetable reduction in their first year of induction.
  • Creating high quality, freely available ECF curricula and training materials;
  • Establishing full, high quality ECF training programmes;
  • Funding time for mentors to support early career teachers; and
  • Fully funded mentor training.

For more detailed information please see DfE Guidance.

Registrations are now closed for the early roll-out of the ECF, however you may register your interest to receive more information about the national roll-out and future programmes for NQTs at the link below

Register for Updates

If you have any questions then please email us at ecfne@ncl.ac.uk.