Early Career Professional Development Programme

Providing the support early career teachers need

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. The first few years of a teacher’s career are critical, where learning opportunities, nurturing and support can make or break a career in teaching.

Developed with schools and our partner Sheffield Hallam University, our Early Career Teachers Programme, based on the Early Career Framework, provides teachers with the essential specialist support they need to improve their practice and build confidence during the two years following their Initial Teacher Training.

Brand new with funding from the Department for Education, by joining the early rollout your school will benefit from the Early Career Framework a full year before the national roll out in 2021.

A focused programme for mentors

Excellent mentoring will be key to the success of the ECF initiative.

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 mentoring skills 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.

Mentors put forward by schools will benefit from regional face-to-face sessions led by expert facilitators and local peer-coaching sessions with a buddy mentor.


Working with schools, for schools

We are genuinely commited to working in partnership with schools to ensure all our programmes are compatible with school life – providing outstanding professional learning with the reality of a teaching timetable and school commitments in mind.

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. 

Experts in improving teaching quality and learning on a national scale, we bring experience of running programmes across the world and extensive international evidence, and combine it with real local know-how to create programmes the really work for schools.

In 2018 we lauched the Accelerate programme for early career teachers, which was delivered to 100's of teachers. We bring this tried and tested content and approach with us into our new programme. 95% of participants rated the Accelerate programme as good or above in the first year.


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.


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.