Institute of Education


Early Career Framework

UCL Institute of Education leads a consortium to deliver DfE’s Early Career Framework. Our programme offers a robust professional learning & development pathway for early career teachers and mentors.

UCL Early Career Teacher Consortium

Our consortium is a strong university-school partnership comprising three world-leading universities - the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), Newcastle University and Manchester Metropolitan University - and schools at the forefront of excellence in training and research from North East Teaching Schools Partnership, Doncaster Research School by Partners in Learning, and Greetland Academy Trust.

Research- and Practice-Informed Learning and Development

Research tells us that it is teaching quality that has the biggest impact on pupil outcomes: the Early Career Framework will support teachers, as well as their pupils, to realise their potential - Professor Becky Francis, former Director, UCL Institute of Education

Our programme is 

  • A two-year, fully DfE-funded Early Career Framework professional development programme for early career teachers and their mentors.
  • Underpinned by current research and best practice from schools.
  • An opportunity for early career teachers to engage in regular, constructive dialogue with their peers and mentors, face-to-face and online.
  • Designed not to add unduly to your workload.
  • Flexible – school hubs and clusters can follow our proposed sequence or create their own.
  • Located near you: Available at local school hubs and clusters.
Why should you continue your professional pathway with us?

Because our programme is:

  • Knowledge-based: Informed by what the current research and evidence tells us early career teachers’ needs are, and how you are best supported to develop.
  • Drawn from expert theory and practice:  Co-designed by teacher educators, university academics, teachers and leaders in schools across different phases, of different types, and serving different communities. 
  • Learning embedded in practice, not an additional burden: Early career teachers apply new learning in work contexts, highly relevant and integral to improving the quality of your own and your pupils’ learning.
  • Flexible: School hubs and clusters can follow our proposed sequence or create their own to meet the needs of early career teachers and mentors
  • Inquiry-based: After strengthening early career teachers’ understanding of key themes in Year 1, the modules will use an inquiry approach and a Learning Log to revisit the themes in greater depth in Year 2
  • Located near you: We will organise the sessions around hubs and clusters of schools, so that learning is always about your own local context. Our interactive learning platforms will enable early career teachers to reflect and share learning with your mentors and peers in your own area.
Our consortium

Led by the IOE, ranked first in the world for education in the QS World University Subject Rankings in 2020 for the seventh year running, the consortium brings together an unparalleled depth of experience and expertise to offer this research-and-practice-informed early career support programme.

Read more: About the Consortium

Programme content

Professional learning and support for early career teachers

This will be facilitated through a blended learning approach to create flexible and social learning environments that support early career teachers’ development:

  • Regional half-day annual conferences focusing on how early career teachers’ needs and existing teaching commitments are supported by the programme through inquiry based learning and impactful pedagogy.
  • Five themed modules across the year based on the Teachers Standards.
  • Learning clusters / hubs - 2hr face-to-face training per half term in Year 1 and four 2hr face-to-face training in Year 2.
  • Hub-based online professional learning community – 1hr each half term.
  • Guided self-directed study using high quality evidence-informed and practice-based materials.
  • Mentoring support and challenge.
  • School visits in Year 2.
Professional learning and support for mentors

This will be facilitated through blended learning and a hub-cluster approach to build communities of learning and support for mentors:

  • Regional half-day annual conferences introducing an evidence-informed pathway for mentor development that enables mentors to provide tailored support for early career teachers based on their needs and workplace contexts.
  • Hub based, facilitated online professional learning community – 1hr per term.
  • Guided self-directed learning that enables mentors to broaden and deepen their understanding of effective mentoring and coaching strategies – 2hr per half term.

Registrations for Autumn 2020

We welcome registrations in the Early Career Framework programme for schools in the three early rollout areas:

Opportunity North East (ONE) Area
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Northumberland
  • North Tyneside
  • Newcastle
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland
  • Stockton-on-Tees
Greater Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Oldham
  • Manchester City Council
  • Rochdale
  • Stockport
  • Salford
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan
South and West Yorkshire
  • Bradford
  • Doncaster


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This two year programme is fully funded by the DfE for schools in the early rollout areas: Opportunity North East (ONE) Area, Greater Manchester, and South and West Yorkshire.

The support package includes:
  • funded 5% time off timetable in the second year of teaching, in addition to the existing 10% in the first year
  • funded training for mentors of early career teachers
  • funded time for mentors to support early career teachers
  • funded training for early career teachers in the early rollout areas.