The Early Career Framework: Useful links

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Author: Cat Scutt
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Links to policy documents and articles about the Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework (ECF) sets out a two-year programme of support and development for new teachers after they complete initial teacher training. The idea was first proposed in the DfE’s 2018 consultation on strengthening QTS and improving career progression. Subsequently, a group of experts was convened to advise on its development.

The ECF was released in January 2019, and is available to new teachers in early roll-out regions from September 2020. Additionally, the DfE announced in June 2020 that it would be made more widely available to select schools from September 2020, with a focus on schools in disadvantaged areas, with supporting materials available to all schools. The ECF will be compulsory for all new teachers from September 2021. This page contains links to information about the ECF, related resources, and a wide number of blogs and articles presenting different views on the ECF. There are also some wider links to articles about the Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which the ECF is a key part of, and the ITT Core Content Framework, which is designed to align with the ECF.

Some articles present opposing views, and articles linked to should not be considered to be the view of the Chartered College. These links are designed to provide a useful collection for those interested in reading more about the ECF.

This list of links is generally not focused on links to resources related to the actual content of the ECF (apart from web links to the references in the document). The Chartered College has published an ECF Handbook with SAGE in June 2020, including chapters from teachers and researchers covering a whole range of topics in the ECF. Discounts are available for Chartered College members. You can find out more on the Chartered College website. The Chartered College of Teaching’s Early Career Hub also has links to resources, including article, videos and external  organised by Early Career Framework area.

Policy documents, consultations and related initiatives

The Early Career Framework itself – there is also a very brief overview page on the DfE website.

The original 2018 DfE consultation on strengthening QTS and teacher career progression.

The outcomes of the above 2018 consultation and the DfE’s response.

Information about pilots of early career support from the Chartered College and Ambition Institute based around the Early Career Framework, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation to increase what we know about effective ECF delivery ahead of early and national roll-out.

A DfE news item from June 2020, announcing the additions to the early roll-out of the Early Career Framework.

DfE guidance for how the early roll-out  will work (from September 2020, in Greater Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster, and the North East, as well as select other schools nationally), including how assessment of NQTs will be carried out.

The DfE’s recruitment and retention strategy, of which the ECF is a key part.

A summary of key points from the DfE’s Recruitment and Retention strategy from Teacher Development Trust.

A transcript of the House of Commons debate around the Recruitment and Retention strategy from January 2019.

The DfE’s new ITT Core Content Framework – this is designed to dovetail with the ECF.

Resources around the ECF

A spreadsheet version of the Early Career Framework for easy copying, pasting and formatting, created by Hannah Tyreman at the Chartered College of Teaching.

‘Wakelet’ collections of easy links to all of the references for each section of the Early Career Framework, created by Hannah Tyreman at the Chartered College of Teaching:

A visual summary of advice on managing behaviour from Tom Bennett, designed to accompany the ITT Core Content framework but with crossover to the ECF.

The Chartered College published an ECF Handbook with SAGE in June 2020, including chapters from teachers and researchers covering a whole range of topics in the ECF. Discounts are available for Chartered College members.

The Chartered College’s Early Career Hub has links to resources, including article, videos and external  organised by Early Career Framework area.

News and views on the ECF

A Tes article by journalist Helen Ward charting the path that has led to the DfE’s current focus on early career teacher support.

Two teachers’ reflections for Tes on being part of the DfE’s advisory group for teacher career progression and the ECF, and the development of the ECF.

A SchoolsWeek article by Clare Sealy explaining why she thinks the ECF is so important.

A blog about the ECF by Phil Naylor for Teacher Toolkit.

A letter to DfE from a wide group of subject associations, arguing for the importance of subject-specificity in ECF delivery.

A SchoolsWeek article by UCET’s James Noble-Rogers arguing that ITE providers are best placed to deliver the ECF.

A Tes article by Leora Cruddas giving her views on the new ECF and its value.

A report by the University of Sunderland summarising discussions with stakeholders at a consultation event they held to discuss the Early Career Framework as it was being developed.

A blog for Teach First by Reuben Moore explaining why he thinks the ECF will be valuable for new teachers.

A SchoolsWeek article by David Spendlove arguing that the new ECF is unambitious.

An article by Cat Scutt for CST’s Trust Journal looking at priorities for policy and practice in early career teacher development.

An article by Emma Hollis for Education Executive, exploring the potential of the ECF and what it means for schools. This summary by Academy Today of a talk she gave that touches on the ECF is also useful.

A blog by Nottingham Institute of Education’s Chris Rolph presenting his initial views on the ECF.

A blog by Leeds Beckett’s Jonathan Glazzard outlining his views on the ECF.

A Teacher Toolkit blog commenting on the ECF.

A statement from ASCL responding to the announcement that the ECF will be rolled out to a wider number of schools from September 2020.

Wider context: The ECF, ITT Core Content framework and the Recruitment and Retention Strategy

The articles in this section also reflect on the ECF, but also go slightly wider, looking at the whole Recruitment and Retention Strategy and / or the ITT Core Content Framework in relation to the ECF.

A SchoolsWeek article by JL Dutaut looking at the ITT Core Content Framework and its relationship to the ECF.

A podcast from Cornerstones Education, talking to Professor Sam Twiselton about the ECF and the ITT core content framework.

A blog by Stephen Tierney responding to the publication of the Recruitment and Retention strategy, highlighting his optimism around the potential of the ECF.

A SchoolsWeek article by Alison Peacock reflecting on the government’s response to the Strengthening QTS and Career Progression consultation, highlighting the importance of initiatives like the ECF being properly funded and not adding to teacher workload.

A blog by CFEY’s Loic Menzies responding to and reviewing the DfE’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

A blog by SSAT’s Tom Middlehurst responding to the publication of the DfE’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

A Tes article by John Blake explaining why he is so positive about the Recruitment and Retention strategy.

Reviews and research linked to the ECF

An article by NfER staff for SecEd, looking at how early career teachers can be retained in schools and how this might link to the ECF.

A blog by Rachel Lofthouse looking at the challenges and opportunities for mentoring through the ECF.

A SchoolsWeek article by Harry Fletcher-Wood reviewing the evidence of the best ways to support early career teachers.

A BERA blog from Keith Turvey and colleagues, criticising the narrowness of the focus of the new ITT framework; although this is not about the ECF, similar reference lists mean these criticisms have also been applied to the ECF.

A SchoolsWeek article by Hannah Tyreman looking at what good online professional development looks like in relation to the ECF.

A SchoolsWeek article by Cat Scutt highlighting the importance of school culture in enabling the ECF to be effective.

A website post by Anne Watson, former professor of Maths education at the University of Oxford, critiquing some of the references in the ECF from the perspective of maths teaching.

A SchoolsWeek article by Karen Wespieser challenging the lack of focus on SEND in teacher CPD in general, and specifically the ECF.

Early roll-out providers

The ECF will be rolled out early in three regions (Greater Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster, and the North East) from September 2020, as well as in selected schools in other areas, ahead of national roll-out from September 2021. Four providers / consortiums have been selected to deliver the ECF during early roll-out. Links to information about their offer and details of how eligible schools in early roll-out regions are included below. Schools can choose from any of these providers, or can opt not to be part of the early roll-out at all (see this DfE page for information).

  • Ambition Institute
  • Education Development Trust, working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Teach First, working in partnership with five school trusts (Co-op Academies Trust, Exceed Academies Trust, Extol Multi Academy Trust, Northern Education Trust and Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust), with input from Driver Youth Trust and the Princes’ Teaching Institute.
  • A consortium led by UCL Institute of Education and including Newcastle University, Manchester Metropolitan University and North East Teaching Schools Partnership, Doncaster Research School by Partners in Learning, and Greetland Academy Trust.