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Navigate the ECF in 10 steps: A guide for new teachers

Drawing on the experiences of early career teacher colleagues who have already trodden the path, Andrew Jones offers 10 ideas to help you manage the requirements of the Early Career Framework

In 2019, the Department for Education, announced the arrival of the Early Career Framework (ECF), which promises recently qualified teachers a two-year package of structured training and support based on “the best available research evidence” (DfE, 2019).

Subsequently, as an ECT you will be expected to spend anything between 10 to 90 minutes a week or fortnight on directed self-study, which will be based on the curricula materials offered by the government’s accredited providers (a minority of schools have developed their own curricula based on the framework).
You will also need to attend regular training sessions centred on the framework and have weekly ECT mentor meetings focused on the curricula materials. On top of all of this, you will have “regular” observations and meetings with an induction tutor, although the feedback here will centre on the Teachers’ Standards (DfE, 2011).

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