Early Career Professional Development Programme

Professional development for early career teachers

Delivered through the Early Career Framework. Investing in early career teachers has never been more important. Following Initial Teacher Training, our Early Career Professional Development Programme offers the essential specialist support needed to improve practice, build confidence and resilience, leading to better job satisfaction and retention.

ECTs learn valuable skills they can use in the classroom straight away and get the structured support needed to help them be the best teachers they can be during this period of change and disruption to normal school life.

We are currently delivering the early rollout of the Early Career Framework, funded by the DfE. We are also offering a funded programme as part of the national rollout, starting September 2021. If you'd like to be kept up to date, please complete this contact form.



Programme content

As with everything that we do, this programme is designed around what works. We use evidence-based professional development models that are the most effective in improving teacher practice and student outcomes.

Space for early career teachers to learn, practice & reflect

Early career teachers need time and space to reflect on and challenge their own practice. This Programme is centred around developing the mentor relationship, and includes a carefully constructed programme of webinars, face-to-face training, and self-study activities which support this.

Each of these activities will provide opportunities to learn the theory, put the theory into practice, and reflect on personal and professional development with the support of their mentor. 

View programme schedule for ECTs

Excellent mentoring is key to the success of an early career teacher

The relationship between an ECT and their mentor is critical to driving improvements in classroom practice. It rests on creating the right conditions to establish a constructive professional relationship, with optimal levels of support and challenge. 

We will work with in-school mentors to learn new mentoring and coaching techniques, enabling them to strengthen essential skills that they can use throughout their careers.

Specialist training and support will ensure each mentor is confident in 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.

Mentors put forward by schools will benefit from a comprehensive programme of development that includes regional training sessions led by expert facilitators, and local peer-coaching sessions with a 'buddy' mentor.

View programme schedule for mentors

A high-quality, blended learning experience 

Developed with schools, our Early Career Framework materials provide a high-quality, evidence-informed blended learning experience for teachers and their mentors. Each topic includes rich and relevant examples from expert practitioners, accessible insights from research, and frequent opportunities to put knowledge into practice. 

The online platform enables this journey throughout the Programme, giving participants access to self-study materials, videos, webinars, podcasts and blogs, and an easy way to select and book onto their training sessions.

Partnering with schools and expert organisations

We are genuinely committed to working 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.

Our Early Career Professional Development Programme is designed with schools and our expert 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.

Delivery areas

National rollout starts September 2021, please fill out a contact form if you'd like to be kept up to date with national rollout.

As part of the early rollout of the Early Career Framework we are currently working with schools to deliver a two-year programme in Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster, and across the North East (ONE area) which began in autumn 2020.

We are also working with other schools across England to deliver a one-year programme as part of the expansion to the early rollout

National roll-out Delivery Partners

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Funding for early rollout

The DfE is funding all training, at no cost to schools.

Schools participating in the early rollout areas, Greater Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster, and the North East, benefit from funding for 5% off-timetable in the second year of teaching for their early career teachers, in addition to the existing 10% timetable reduction in the first year. They also benefit from funded time for mentors to support their early career teachers in their second year of teaching.

Schools outside of these areas participating in the one-year programme do not benefit from additional funding, but receive all training free of charge.

Read more about funding in our FAQs.

Latest news

BLOG: My predictions: best bets for Teaching School Hub leaders

Read the latest blog from Matt Davis, Regional Director, UK.

NEWS: Ed Dev selected as a lead provider for the national rollout of the Early Career Framework.

Read the announcement here.

NEWS: Following the announcement of a new national lockdown and what this meant for schools this half term, we took a hard look at what we had planned for our ECTs and mentors and thought - is there something we could do better?

Read about the launch of Spring term INTERACTIVE here.

WEBINAR: Essential support for new teachers through the Early Career Framework

Find out everything you need to know to get started this term, including details of the vital support and development our programme of training for ECTS and mentors provides. You can sign-up in 10-minutes, then let our central and Delivery Hub teams take care of the rest. (Please be aware that programme registration for the early rollout has now closed.)

Watch the webinar recording here.

BLOG: Top tips on how to ensure your NQT’s thrive through the Early Career Framework

Read some top tips from Sam Twiselton and Star Academies.

UPDATE: DfE announce expansion of the early rollout.

Read more about the expansion of the early rollout.

WEBINAR: Supporting NQTs and mentors to thrive through the Early Career Framework

Expert panel discussion with Professor Samantha Twiselton, OBE, Director of Sheffield Institute of Education and Linda Thompson, Executive Director, Star Institute.

Tuesday 19th May, 2020 - watch the webinar recording.

UPDATE: How we are working differently to ensure continuity.

Read our Covid-19 update.


About Education Development Trust

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.