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IOE to deliver national professional development programme for early career teachers

1 March 2021

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) for teachers.

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The appointment will see the IOE supporting the development of early career teachers through an evidence-informed approach, as part of the DfE’s recruitment and retention strategy. 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 new IOE programme will be designed and delivered in partnership with the new Teaching School Hubs and other delivery partners, recruiting thousands of teachers and their mentors each year for an initial period of four years.

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 UCL Early Career Teacher Consortium until its conclusion in July 2022.

The new programme will be organised around nine modules, mapped to the Teachers' Standards. Learning in each half term is supported through an integrated programme of self-study, structured mentor meetings and a professional development training programme.

Learning activities address early career teachers’ knowledge of the Early Career Framework content and their ability to put this into practice to bring about high-quality pupil learning. The second year will deepen both early career teachers’ understanding of the content of the Early Career Framework and their ability to enact this content through their teaching.

Jonathan Dale, Director of ECF National Roll-out, UCL Centre for Educational Leadership, said: “We are very much looking forward to working with new and existing partners to design and deliver a full induction programme for the Early Career Framework. The National Roll-out now provides a system-wide approach to support early career teachers to develop great teaching practice that makes a difference in the classroom. We are particularly looking forward to working with the new Teaching School Hubs who we know will bring significant experience, expertise and wisdom to the new programme.”

Professor Sue Rogers, IOE Director (interim), said: “I’m delighted that the IOE will be a part of the national roll-out for the Early Career Framework. ECF represents a major commitment to teachers’ ongoing professional development and our involvement will extend the IOE’s contribution to the evidence-informed development of thousands of early careers teachers. Not only will this help teachers to develop their careers, but it will also have a positive impact on the lives of many more pupils too, which is even more crucial given the disruption caused as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. My warm congratulations to the colleagues who will lead this work.”

Sir Kevan Collins, Education Recovery Commissioner, said: “Supporting teachers is core to our long-term recovery plan. The Early Career Framework reforms, rolling out nationally from September, will ensure that all early career teachers learn how to apply the best available evidence on effective teaching. After a challenging year for trainees, it is now more important than ever that new teachers get the support they need to deliver great teaching and help ensure every pupil is supported to fulfil their potential.”



  • Phil Meech for UCL Institute of Education