DfE update - Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms provide a funded entitlement to a structured two-year package of professional development.

Early Career Framework (ECF)

From September 2021, the Government is funding an entitlement for all early career teachers in England to access high quality professional development at the start of their career. New teachers will now receive development support and training over two years instead of one, underpinned by the early career framework.

How to prepare for these changes

There are three approaches schools can choose from to deliver an early career framework-based induction in September 2021. It is up to school leaders to choose the approach that best suits the needs of their early career teachers and mentors.

The three approaches are:

  • a funded provider led programme.
  • schools deliver their own training using Department of educations (DfE) accredited materials and resources.
  • schools design and deliver their own early career framework-based induction.

The lead providers announced on 1 March (see below) will play a key role in delivering the funded provider led programme by working in partnership with delivery partners, including local authorities and Teaching School Hubs, to deliver training for early career teachers and their mentors.

The lead providers for national roll-out are:

  • Ambition Institute
  • Best Practice Network
  • Capita with lead academic partner the University of Birmingham
  • Education Development Trust
  • Teach First
  • UCL Institute of Education.


All state funded schools offering statutory induction will receive additional funding to deliver the early career framework reforms.

The funding will cover:

  • five per cent off timetable in the second year of induction for all early career teachers to undertake induction activities including training and mentoring.
  • funding for mentors to spend with early career teachers in the second year of induction - this is based on 20 hours of mentoring across the academic year.

Further detail on funding, including detail about funding amounts and funding mechanisms for national roll-out can be found at: Early career framework reforms: overview.

More information

To support the successful implementation of the ECF, the LGA are working with the DfE to design a webinar on the 29 April (am). Details will be published shortly.

The DfE is developing a digital registration service, where schools can find information and guidance and sign up for the programme. Further details will be available shortly.

For more information about ECF reforms and delivery approaches please visit: Early career framework reforms: overview.