Early Career Framework (ECF) Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our frequently asked questions below.
If your question is not answered here, please contact us:
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Nominate your induction tutor and mentor for the ECT – think about the people in your school who are to take on these roles.
Register on the 🔗DFE’s online portal system (FIP and CIP routes only).
Prepare in school – ensure your ECT has a timetable reduction and that your induction tutor and mentor have the ability and time to carry out their roles.
If you would like more information about our appropriate services please visit this link:
🔗Appropriate Body – Exchange Teaching Hub
You may also find the DfE’s guidance on Statutory induction and the role of the appropriate body useful by visiting their site:
🔗Appropriate bodies guidance: induction and the early career framework – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The DfE need to know:
Which ECF route you are using – the full induction programme (FIP), the core induction materials (CIP) or whether you are creating your own programme.
Who your induction tutor is in school (this is whoever will be overseeing the ECT’s induction and completing the paperwork. All emails to the school about the ECF from the DfE will come to the address you provide here).
You will also need to enter the details of your ECTs and mentors.
In year 2, £2,100 is paid to schools to fund 5% off timetable for each ECT and 20 hours mentor support time.
Additionally, schools signed up to a full induction programme will receive additional funding for mentor training of £1576.10 (equivalent to 36 hours of backfill time over two years per mentor).
For further information please visit the 🔗DfE website.
Your ECT has an entitlement to two years of support and development based on the Early Career Framework, but you could opt to support them with your own training using the 🔗core induction materials, or even create your own programme based on the ECF.
If you do not opt for the full induction programme you will still receive DfE funding towards off-timetable time for the ECT and mentor, but you will not get the extra funding for mentor training time and you will have to fund the development and facilitation of training sessions yourself.
The fee you pay the Appropriate Body is likely to be higher, too, because the AB will have to invest more time in checking your provision meets the requirements of the ECF.
If you sign up with us for the UCL full induction programme this person will be our main contact and will receive our emails. You are of course free to use other people in school to assist as you see fit, but the named induction tutor will be responsible for fulfilling the statutory obligations of the role.
Can they be the same person?
Mentors meet regularly with the ECT for structured mentor sessions to provide effective targeted feedback and work collaboratively with the ECT and other colleagues involved in the ECT’s induction. They provide or broker effective support, mentoring and coaching and take prompt action if an ECT appears to be having difficulties.
Ideally, the induction tutor and mentor roles should be carried out by two separate people, but in a small school this may not be possible and both roles can be carried out by the same person.
The aim of the policy is to set out some principles to clarify our approach to non-standard ECTs and it outlines our intention to deliver ECT training that is fair, accessible and does not include any unnecessary barriers.
The Non-Standard induction policy applies to:
• ECTs undergoing an extended or reduced term of induction
• Part-time ECTs
• ECTs transferring schools during their ECF training
• ECTs starting at different points throughout the academic year.
Any non-standard induction, whether reduced or extended, must be approved by both the school and the Appropriate Body.
For further information please read our 🔗Non-Standard Policy.
For this reason it important that we have your correct contact information.
We believe there are many benefits to attending in-person events, physical involvement and interaction are still proven to be the most effective ways to learn. There is something to be said for learning in person, and it results in a high level of concentration. The ability to ask questions or clarify information on the spot also keeps participants engaged in the training and can avoid confusion and misunderstandings. Facilitators are also there to contextualise the learning.
Schools and establishments eligible for DfE funding include:
• State-funded schools, colleges and sixth forms.
• Maintained and non-maintained special schools.
• Independent schools that receive Section 41 funding.
We do offer places for the ECF programme at a fee. Standard fees include attendance at the live online events, workshops, online modules and learning recourses. You will also need to register with an appropriate body to sign the induction of the ECT off, and they may raise a separate cost.
Please contact us to find out further information on costing.
Who is eligible to be an ECT?
ECTs should be eligible for DfE funding if they both:
• Hold qualified teacher status (QTS).
• Start their induction on or after 1st September 2021.
ECTs with qualified teacher learning and skills status (QTLS) are not eligible for DfE funding, because they are exempt from statutory induction.
How the DfE checks the eligibility for ECTs and Mentors
When school induction tutors 🔗register ECTs and mentors with DfE, we check the teacher’s details in the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) records.
We check that the ECT:
• Holds qualified teacher status (QTS).
• Has not completed statutory induction before.
• Has not started induction before 1st September 2021.
We check that the mentor:
• Does not have any prohibitions, sanctions or restrictions on their record.
• Has not received funded training for ECF-based mentoring before.
DfE Frequently Asked Questions
The DfE has published some useful FAQs for school leaders, Early Career Teachers and Early Career Mentors. Please access them using the links below: