Teach First


Welcome to the Teach First Early Career Framework Programme, we look forward to working with you to ensure newly qualified teachers (NQTs) have the best possible start to their teaching career. We have designed this programme, with expert influence, best practice and the most up to date research, to support induction leads, mentors and early career teachers (ECTs).

Teach First have worked in collaboration with the following five partner schools, the Driver Youth Trust and Reach Academy to create a two-year programme which will support your professional development through your early teaching career.

Logos for: Driver Youth Trust; Reach Academy Feltham; Nothern Education Trust; Extol Academy Trust; Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust; Exceed Academies Trust; Co-Op Academies Trust

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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 two-year programme has been designed to support your development through your early career as a teacher.

Why is this programme so important?

Listen as Reuben Moore, Executive Head of Programme Development at Teach First, explains why this programme is integral to the teaching profession and your professional development.

Go to self-directed study materials


As a mentor to an early career teacher, you are in the privileged position to guide new teachers into the profession; we want to ensure that you have all you need to feel comfortable and confident to do this.

Download ECF mentor Guidance Handbook (PDF)

SLT/Induction leads

The following materials are provided for SLT/Induction leads.


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.