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IOE-led Consortium to deliver new early career framework support for teachers and mentors

11 October 2019

A UCL Institute of Education-led (IOE) Consortium has been chosen by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver a new professional learning and development programme for teachers and mentors.

Teacher in classroom with interactive board. Image: Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education

The programme offers support as part of the new Early Career Framework (ECF) for teachers. The ECF underpins an entitlement to a fully-funded, two-year package of structured training and support for early career teachers linked to the best available research evidence.

The IOE is delivering the programme as part of an Early Career Framework Consortium along with Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle University on behalf of North East Teaching Schools Partnership, Doncaster Research School by Partners in Learning, and Greetland Academy Trust.

The Consortium is one of four providers that will offer support packages for schools in Bradford, Doncaster, the North East and Greater Manchester as part of an early roll-out from September 2020, ahead of a national roll-out in September 2021.

The Early Career Framework Consortium programme is underpinned by current research and best practice from schools. Learning will be organised in ways that enable early career teachers to engage in regular, constructive dialogues with their peers and mentors, apply new learning in their work contexts, and strengthen their professional identity, knowledge and skills over time.

The content will be taught through a blended learning approach to create flexible and social learning environments. This will include conferences, online learning communities, mentoring support, and school visits, among other approaches.

Professor Becky Francis, Director of the IOE, said: “Given the UCL Institute of Education’s historic commitment to excellence in the teaching profession, and our mission to transform lives through education and social research, we are delighted to be delivering the Early Career Framework. The research tells us that it is teaching quality that has the biggest impact on pupil outcomes; the Early Career Framework will ensure that teachers, as well as their pupils, are supported to realise their potential.”

Chief Executive Officer of the North East Learning Trust and Shotton Hall Research School, Lesley Powell CBE said: “Speaking on behalf of all partner schools in the ECF Consortium, I am delighted to offer our combined workforce development experience and expertise as part of the early career framework initiative. We are each practised in developing high-quality teachers through our evidence-informed initial teacher training and professional development programmes, and we look forward to ensuring the framework is adopted and used effectively in schools across the country.”