Early Career Framework Overview

Full details of the Early Career Framework can be found here: Early career framework reforms: overview – GOV.UK (



After a challenging year for trainee teachers, it is more important than ever new teachers receive the best possible support at the start of their careers. This change is to indicate the DfE’s intention to offer a robust package of training and support which extends on the core content framework (CCF) delivered during ITT programmes, developing into the Early Career Framework (ECF). Both programmes set out an entitlement to new evidence-based support and training over the first three years of an Early Career Teacher’s career, as well as support for their mentors. The Early Career Framework reforms are designed to ensure that Early Career Teachers develop the skills and confidence they need. If your school offers statutory induction, you will need to replace your current induction process and we would suggest the best route would be through offering a DfE approved and fully funded programme of professional development and support.

The Early Career Framework is the evidence base which underpins this new entitlement for Early Career Teachers’ professional development. It sets out what all Early Career Teachers should learn about and learn how to do during the first 2 years of their careers.

Five core areas of the ECF

  • Behaviour Management
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Professional Behaviours


Click here for more details and to view the packages of support on offer.


You will have three ECF options:

  • A fully funded, provider-led programme – Bright Futures Teaching School Hub will be offering this fully funded free of charge programme in partnership with Teach First. This is the Full Induction Package (FIP) which we term the Golden Package of support.
  • The School delivers their own training using DfE-accredited materials and resources. This is the Core Induction Programme (CIP). This package must be ‘fidelity checked’ (to use a DfE phrase) by the Appropriate Body.
  • The school designs and delivers their own ECF-based induction. This package must be fidelity checked by the Appropriate Body. See below for a matrix to aid your decision-making process

For more information on our Early Career Framework provision please click here.