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Ready for the Early Career Framework? Five things to do now

Given the challenges of the last year, some schools have not quite got to grips with the impending Early Career Framework reforms. Leora Cruddas offers five things you can do now to support early career teachers from September

Undeniably, these past 14 months have been exceptionally challenging times for schools everywhere. The efforts they have made to maintain education provision, to feed, care for and protect the welfare of pupils, has been nothing short of heroic.

It therefore seems almost unfair to ask leaders to plan to implement something as landmark as the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms from September 2021 (DfE, 2021a, 2019).

The ECF is designed to increase support for early career teachers (ECTs), who, until this coming September, have been known as NQTs. That is precisely why these reforms are even more important and relevant now than when they were first proposed.

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