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How the early career framework (ECF) supports induction

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The early career framework (ECF)

The ECF is designed to help early career teachers (ECTs) succeed at the start of their teaching careers.

The framework sets out what all ECTs should learn about, and learn how to do, including:

setting high expectations
promoting good progress
demonstrating good subject and curriculum knowledge
planning and teaching well-structured lessons
adapting teaching
making accurate and productive use of assessment
managing behaviour effectively
fulfilling wider professional responsibilities

The training ECTs receive as part of their 2-year induction should be based on this framework. It is known as ‘ECF-based training’.

You can find the full description of the framework in the ECF policy paper.

The ECF and the evidence for the framework have been independently assessed and endorsed by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

ECF-based training is part of induction

ECTs serving a 2-year induction are entitled to:

a 2-year programme of ECF-based training
support from a dedicated mentor
time off timetable for induction activities, including ECF-based training and mentor sessions
regular progress reviews and 2 formal assessments against the teachers’ standards

Schools can offer their ECTs extra training and support in addition to ECF-based training, but not instead of ECF-based training.

Read an overview of the 2-year ECT induction.

ECF-based training is separate from the formal assessment of an ECT’s performance against the teachers’ standards.

ECTs must not be assessed:

against the knowledge, skills and working habits described in the ECF policy paper

on the activities or assignments from their ECF-based training

ECTs can use documentation from ECF-based training to help prove they have met the teachers’ standards, but they:

cannot fail any part of their ECF-based training
do not need to fully complete their ECF-based training to pass induction

You can read more about how to assess ECTs in section 2 of the statutory guidance on ECT induction.

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