Funded support for NQTs hit by coronavirus lockdown

Schools eligible for the one-year funded offer of support for early career teachers whose training has been interrupted by the coronavirus lockdown are to be contacted by providers in due course.

The pilot of the government’s Early Career Framework (ECF) is going ahead this September in the North East, Bradford, Doncaster and Greater Manchester ahead of national roll-out in 2021. It is expected to benefit around 2,000 teachers.

However, in light of the disruption to initial teacher training (ITT) caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, the Department for Education (DfE) has said it will also fund a one-year offer of support for “up to 3,000 early career teachers working in schools outside of the early rollout areas from this autumn”. This offer will focus on those serving disadvantaged communities.

Furthermore, the DfE has said that the training materials developed for the ECF reforms will be made freely available to all early career teachers and their mentors from this September.

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