As part of the government teacher recruitment and retention strategy, the DfE announced the launch of the Early Career Framework (ECF) which has now been rolled out nationally as of 1st September 2021 and will underpin a new entitlement to a funded 2-year support package for new teachers...
As part of these DfE reforms, the Early Career Framework (ECF) and revised statutory guidance for induction are now in force as of 1st September 2021.
What’s new from September ?
The information below relates to all new ECTs, starting induction from September 2021 onwards. Those who had already started/partially completed induction prior to September 2021, induction remains at 1-year. For ECTs in this category, please continue to refer to the previous induction guidance. The DfE has set a deadline of September 2023 for induction to be fully completed under the previous 1-year arrangements. Those who have not fully completed by this deadline will be required to undergo a 2-year ECF based induction minus induction time already served.
A brief summary of the key statutory changes coming into force on 1st September 2021 is:
- Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) will now be referred to as 'Early Career Teachers' (ECTs)
- Statutory induction will become a 2-year process, replacing the 1-year format
- It will become statutory for schools/colleges to offer and ECTs to undertake an ECF based programme of support. Please Note - The Early Career Framework is professional development that will underpin and not replace statutory induction i.e. it will not be used as an assessment framework, ECTs will still be assessed against the government teaching standards only.
- There will now be 2 formal assessments required over a 2-year induction e.g. for full-time ECTs this will be one assessment at the end of the first year and a final assessment at the end of the second year (FTE for part-time ECTs)
- Each term where a formal assessment is not due, a progress review will be required for each ECT
- An induction tutor and a mentor will need to be assigned to each ECT (both are expected to be different individuals, hold QTS, be experienced and must be allowed sufficient time to carry out the role)
- All ECTs and their mentors (not tutors) will be entitled to access the Early Career Framework when rolled out nationally in September and in the 1st-year, ECTs will continue to be entitled to a 10% reduced timetable, this will then reduce to 5% in the 2nd-year of induction and must be protected by law. (10% PPA will also remain protected throughout statutory induction)
- State-funded schools offering statutory induction will receive additional funding to deliver the ECF reforms. On 22/6/21, the DfE also published details of available funding for 5% off timetable for RQTs which some may have seen referred to as 'NQT+1 funding'. Further details regarding this funding can be found under the government COVID and induction guidance.
What is the Early Career Framework (ECF) ?
The ECF is a framework of standards introduced by the government as part of their reforms to help early career teachers (ECTs - formerly NQTs) succeed at the start of their careers.
It sets out what early career teachers (ECTs) are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers and it will underpin a new entitlement for 2 years of professional development designed to help ECTs develop their practice, knowledge and working habits.
The ECF will not be replacing statutory induction, nor will it be used as an assessment framework, it is professional development that will underpin induction and focus on 5 core elements the government believe all ECTs should learn about and learn how to do at the beginning of their career
- Behaviour management
- Professional behaviours
From September 2021, it will become statutory that during this two-year period, schools offer and new ECT’s undertake, an ECF-based programme with mentors (not tutors) also entitled to access ECF-based training. This training is expected to be embedded as a central aspect of induction.
We have provided a quick reference guide outlining initial key steps to take to help get started
Note: those schools/colleges who opted-in to early rollout of the ECF during academic year 2020-21, statutory induction remains at 1-year and access to ECF support/materials should continue into their 2nd-year with the ECF provider you chose to work with during the early rollout period. Please contact the ECF provider directly for further details.