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.


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.
  • Additional funding to cover mentors' professional development for schools who sign up with a Lead Provider (NETSP is working with UCL Institute of Education as lead provider)
  • 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.

Register your interest about the national roll-out and future programmes for NQTs at the link below

Register your Interest

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