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Early Career Framework

UCL Institute of Education leads a partnership offering a robust professional learning and development pathway for early career teachers and mentors based on the Early Career Framework.

UCL Institute of Education Early Career Teacher Full Induction Programme

UCL Institute of Education is proud to have been designated as a DfE approved provider for the National Roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF). Our new programme for Early Career Teachers and their Mentors will commence in September 2021. The new programme will build on our success in delivering the Early Roll-Out programme and will be based on our Core Induction Programme which was published by the DfE. We will continue to deliver the Early Roll-Out programme with our existing consortium until its conclusion in July 2022.

Applying for the programme

The preferred way for schools to access the UCL programme is through one of our delivery partners. A full list is provided below with contact information for each.

Registering with one of our partners is a quick and easy process requiring only your contact details, School name/ unique reference number (URN) and an estimated number of eligible Early Career Teachers (ECTs) and Mentors for September 2021. It is important that your nominated Induction lead registers for the full programme with an approved training provider on the DfE portal. For more details on this see: Registering on the DfE Online Teacher CPD Service platform.

If you would like to access the UCL programme but are not located within one of the Local Authority Districts (LAD) listed you could contact a neighbouring delivery partner directly who will be pleased to work with you. 

ECF delivery partners by LAD

Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees 

Partner Name: NETSP (The University of Newcastle) with Tees Valley Teaching School Hub (TSH) | contact: ecfne@newcastle.ac.uk

Leeds

Partner name: Leeds TSH | contact: info@LTSH.org.uk

Selby, Wakefield

Partner name: Selby and Wakefield TSH | contact: helen.wriglesworth@deltatrust.org.uk

Barnsley, Doncaster

Partner name: Barnsley and Doncaster TSH | contact: jo.twiby@deltatrust.org.uk

Oldham, Tameside

Partner name: East Manchester TSH | contact: info@eastmanchesterteachinghub.com

Liverpool, Wirral

Partner name: Inspire TSH | contact: ecf-npqpartners@ucl.ac.uk

Coventry, Rugby, Warwick

Partner name: Coventry and Central Warwickshire TSH | contact: tshub@lawrencesheriffschool.com

Milton Keynes and surrounding areas

Partner name: Milton Keynes Education Partnership | contact: Victoria.Lacy-Wills@st-pauls.org.uk 

Cheltenham, Cotswold, Stroud

Partner name: Balcarras TSH | contact: ejc@balcarras.gloucs.sch.uk

Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Tewkesbury

Partner name: Odyssey TSH | contact: admin@odysseytsh.org

Cherwell, Oxford, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire

Partner name: Oxfordshire TSH | contact: info@otsa.org.uk

Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock

Partner name: Chafford Hundred TSH | contact: TSHub@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

Haringey, Redbridge, Waltham Forest

Partner name: North East London TSH | contact: neltshadmin@wsfg.waltham.sch.uk

Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow

Partner name: Teach West London TSH | contact: info@teachwestlondon.org.uk

Hackney, Tower Hamlets

Partner name: East London TSH | contact: info@eastlondontsh.org

Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich

Partner name: Thames South TSH | contact: thamessouthtsh@nestschools.org

Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth

Partner name: Wandle TSH | contact: dwallace@chestnutgrove.org.uk

Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham

Partner name: Berkshire TSH | contact: janetroberts@lgs.slough.sch.uk

Croydon, Epsom and Ewell, Sutton

Partner name: Harris City Academy Crystal Palace TSH | contact: teachingschoolhub@harriscrystalpalace.org.uk

Sussex Coast and surrounding areas

Partner name: Sussex Coast Schools Alliance | contact: helenhorsley@benfield.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Poole, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Partner name: South Central TSH | contact: i.hunkin@southcentraltsh.com

Early Career Framework Overview

The Early Career Framework is a two-year government funded programme, offering a framework and resources to better support newly qualified teachers and their mentors. The programme was announced as a key element of the Department for Education (DfE) plans to increase retention of early career teachers in the teaching profession. The programme will be extended across England from September 2021.

More information on the DfE ECF reforms is available on the GOV.UK website.

Why choose the UCL Early Career Teacher Programme?

Our university and teaching school partners have drawn on their teacher education expertise to design a programme which is:

  • Knowledge and evidence-based: Our programme is informed by a deep understanding of the development needs of early career teachers.
  • Drawn from expert theory and current practice: Our programme is co-designed by teachers and school leaders, teacher educators and academics with rich experience of translating evidence into practice.
  • Inquiry-based spiral learning: After strengthening early career teachers’ understanding of key themes in Year 1, the modules will use an inquiry approach to revisit the themes in greater depth in Year 2.
  • Learning embedded in practice, not an additional burden: Early career teachers apply new learning in work contexts to improve your own and your pupils' learning.
  • Located near you: Led by local teachers and leaders. Our interactive learning platforms enable early career teachers to reflect and share learning together.
  • Flexible: School hubs and clusters can follow our proposed sequence or create their own to meet the needs of early career teachers and mentors.

See the outline of the Early Roll-Out of the programme. It is anticipated that the content and structure of the new national full induction programme will be broadly similar.