Early Career Teachers Programme

Providing the support early career teachers need

We know that teaching is the biggest in-school factor in raising the attainment of children and that teachers’ learning curves are at their steepest in the early years of their careers. That's why we're pleased to have been selected by the Department for Education to design a training programme for the early roll-out of the Early Career Framework.

Brand new and fully-funded, by joining the early roll-out your school will benefit from the Early Career Framework a full year before the national roll out in 2021.


"The Early Career Framework offers a really comprehensive roadmap of the knowledge and competences which will make novice teachers more effective in the classroom. With our support, mentors in their schools will help to develop new teachers’ expertise and make a positive difference to their competence, confidence and motivation at this crucial stage in their careers.”

Matt Davis, Regional Director UK

A focused programme for mentors

High quality mentoring is one of the most effective ways of improving teaching quality. We will work with your school-based mentors to develop a range of essential skills and knowledge that they will use throughout their careers.

The mentoring programme will ensure that each mentor is confident with their knowledge of the Early Career Framework, and develops their knowledge and skills in mentoring so that the ECTs they work with get the very best from the programme. These highly skilled mentors will become the primary source of support and challenge to ECTs.


Working with schools, for schools

We believe all teachers should have access to high quality professional development so that they can continue to improve at every stage of their careers. 

We work in partnership with schools to ensure all our programmes are compatible with school life – with the demands of a teaching timetable and school commitments in mind.


Designed with schools and Sheffield Hallam University 

The programme is designed with schools and with our partner, Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield Hallam University is one of England’s largest providers of initial teacher education and is recognised for their excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. They invest in expertise and resources in a wide range of education studies.

Their work is embedded in practice and delivered by working in partnership to respond to the needs of educational employers. Everything they do is informed by broad, cutting-edge research by leading academics and expert practitioners, across many related disciplines.


We've been working to improve education across the world for more than 50 years

Education Development Trust is an international not-for-profit organisation that transforms lives around the world by improving education. As part of our charitable mission, we invest annually in a major programme of education research which informs the projects we deliver, as well as influencing policymaking and supporting practitioners. When you work with us, you’ll be joining thousands of teachers and other education professionals around the world who benefit from our support.

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