early career framework programme

Services for Education are proud to announce that they are now able to deliver the Early Career Framework in partnership with Best Practice Network, one of the UK’s leading providers of training.

ECTs from both the primary and secondary sector and their Mentors can now access the ECF programme and Mentor programme with Services For Education, alongside registering with us as your ECT’s Appropriate Body on behalf of Birmingham City Council. You can find out more about registering with us here.

Our ECF programme provides the flexibility of face-to-face and online delivery ensuring that your early career teacher and mentor can balance the demands of the programme alongside their school commitments.

Click here to register your ECTs and Mentors with the Dfe

Supporting Early Career Teachers

The Early Career Development Programme has been developed by experienced school leaders and academics to ensure a high quality, supportive induction.

The creators of the programme have carefully considered the demands already placed on early career teachers and developed a programme that will not add to their workload.

Early career teachers are entitled to a funded 10% time away from classroom in their first year and 5% time away from classroom in their second year – the Early Career Development Programme has been designed to be completed entirely within this time off timetable.

Supporting Mentors

The mentor role is key to successful teacher induction and as such mentors will receive access to high quality support, training and ECF materials.

Funding will be provided to cover time-off timetable for Mentors who are being trained. This will total 36 hours over two years (10% time-off timetable in year 1 and 5% time-off timetable in year 2). It is up to the school to appoint a suitable mentor who should have the necessary skills and experience to successfully induct the early career teacher.

The ECF School Dashboard

The ECF School Dashboard is a user-friendly way for Headteachers and Induction Tutors to view all their ECT and ECM registration details, their status on the programme and, importantly, their programme schedules.

Keeping track of this information is fundamental in ensuring that your staff are making the most of their training. The ECF Dashboard enables schools to track who has registered for ECF and view their progress within the programme.

STEP 1. Register with an appropriate body if you have not already done so.

Services For Education is the Appropriate Body on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority.

Register your ECTs with Services For Education here.

STEP 2. Decide which of the ECF delivery methods your school will use:

Method 1: Full Induction ProgrammeLed by funded provider. Schools can choose to work with providers accredited by the Department for Education who will design and deliver a programme of face-to-face and online training to ECTs and their mentors. This programme is funded by the Department for Education.

Services For Education are now working in partnership with Best Practice Network to deliver the full Early Career Development Programme. 

Register ECTs and Mentors with Best Practice Network’s Full Induction Programme, delivered by Services For Education 

  • School Induction Tutors must register their ECTs and Mentors on the DfE Online Service (Best Practice Network then collect additional details directly from the ECTs and ECMs to enable allocation to their local training group)

Not yet registered with Best Practice Network?

  • If your school is registering a new ECT or is changing Lead Provider, the school will also need to register with Best Practice Network and choose Services For Education as your delivery partner here
  • If you are already registered with Best Practice Network but would like to switch delivery partner to Services For Education, please email partnerships@bestpracticenet.co.uk

Method 2: Core Induction Programme – Schools deliver their own training using DfE accredited materials and resources.

Schools use freely available DfE accredited materials, which includes ready to use materials and resources for new teachers and mentors, to deliver their own ECT and mentor support. These materials have been accredited by the Department for Education and quality assured by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Method 3: School-based Induction Programme – Schools design and deliver their own two-year induction programme for ECTs based on the ECF.

Statutory guidance requires the Appropriate Body to quality assure schools choosing the ‘Core Induction Programme’ and the ‘School based Programme’ to a higher degree.

The DfE step-by-step guidance can be accessed here.

Services For Education are working in partnership with Best Practice Network to deliver the Early Career Development Programme for the Birmingham area. By choosing us you will benefit from:

  • An Online School Dashboard – manage your ECTs and mentors
  • Dedicated participant support team
  • Spiral curriculum building on prior expertise and knowledge
  • Sequenced Curriculum following on from ITT
  • Guidance and support for Induction Tutors

In partnership with the Best Practice Network, we will be guided by the following principles:

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We aim to change lives for the better by inspiring and developing colleagues working in education. As a team and a network, we inspire each other to grow personally and professionally.

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We have high expectations of ourselves and others. We invest and innovate to deliver the best learning, systems and outcomes. We keep things simple, use evidence and embrace change to achieve our best.

ect support and training courses


Curriculum Area Training

Maths Mastery for Early Career Teacher (ECT)

Wednesday 11th Jan 2023

ECT Support

Early Career Teacher – Tutor/Mentor Training

Multiple Dates
Next: 21/09/2022

Curriculum Area Training

Spelling and Grammar for ECTs

Monday 6th Feb 2023

ECT Support

Getting Behaviour Management Right in the Primary School

Multiple Dates
Next: 12/10/2022

the ect podcast

This podcast is aimed at those primarily in their first and second years of teaching, providing a wide range of advice and good practice as you begin your career.

For more podcasts, webinars and online courses covering a range of different topics please visit our Digital Resources page, here.

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