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Welcome to Ambition Institute’s Early Career Teachers programme. This programme has been designed to help teachers early in their career to keep getting better in the most accessible way possible.

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The core induction programmes published here have been made available a year ahead of schedule so that the maximum number of newly qualified teachers can benefit from the support the ECF provides.

In order to make them available for early use, we have released these materials in a slightly different format, and you should use them in the way that benefits you the most. Early career teachers may not yet be able to take part in face-to-face training or have a dedicated mentor, which will be part of the structured programme offered from September 2021. Using the materials as a tool for self-study may therefore be most beneficial. Other schools may choose to use the resources as a base to introduce their own programme of support and development for their early career teachers.

Some of the videos and audio files referenced in the courses are being finalised and will be included in further versions of the documents as part as full roll out of the scheme in 2021. Where it has not been possible to include them, suppliers have provided scripts or filming briefs.

Early Career Teachers

This programme has been designed to bring about lasting change in teachers’ understanding and practice. The programme takes a recurring weekly approach to study and coaching, so teachers and the mentors supporting them can get into powerful routines for improvement. Each week includes:

  • Concise, accessible summaries of the evidence, with optional further reading, so teachers can gain understanding quickly.
  • Short videos of experts talking through the most important insights, and showing what they look like in practice.
  • Mentor sessions that link closely with the summaries and videos, and provide support so they can conduct effective instructional coaching.

We are deeply passionate about helping teachers to keep getting better, using the best and latest evidence of what works.

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Your role as a mentor encompasses everything you do to support your NQT. Instructional coaching is a central and critical aspect of this role – one that can make a big difference to your teacher’s practice.

For more information on mentoring and instructional coaching, see the ECF Mentor Handbook (PDF).

If you have further questions about the programme, contact your ECF Lead.

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ECF Leads

Your role as an ECF Lead requires you to have a good understanding of the framework, the entitlement it sets out for teachers and mentors, and the support mentors and teachers will need. Schools are busy, demanding places – careful planning and ongoing attention to implementation will be critical to ensure that the ECF is a success.

The ECF Lead Handbook provides an overview of your role and responsibilities as an ECF lead, along with guidance for how to ensure an effective and smooth implementation of the Early Career Framework for your school. Before reading this document, it is important that you have first read the Programme Handbook, as this will ensure you understand the core features of the programme and how it works.

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Training materials

When the Early Career Framework reforms are launched nationally in 2021, the Full Induction Programmes will include face-to-face training. Schools who choose to use the Core Induction Programme will design and deliver the early career teacher and mentor training themselves. For those schools, we are including training outlines with this release which give guidance on what should be covered in the early career teacher training.