This year Pathfinder and partners have successfully delivered the National Roll Out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) to 240+ ECTs and Mentors through Ambition Institute’s Full Induction Programme. We have been delighted by the engagement of our ECTs and Mentors and the feedback that our Visiting Fellows have received.  We look forward to supporting even more ECTs and Mentors starting the next cycle of the programme in September 2022.  Please use the following links to register any new YEAR 1 ECTs with Pathfinder as your Delivery Partner/AB and also register on the DfE Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: The registration form for Registering ECTs with Pathfinder TSH as your Delivery Partner and the Appropriate Body are the same so you only need to complete this once for each ECT.

Register Pathfinder TSH as your ECF Delivery Partner for NEW YEAR 1 ECTS starting in September 2022

To register your ECTs with Pathfinder TSH as your Delivery Partner for September 2022, please complete this online form – If you are using Pathfinder TSH as you AB and have completed this form there is no need to complete the AB process below.

Register Pathfinder TSH as your ECF Delivery Partner

Early Career Framework (September 2022) - Register your Early Career Teachers

To register your ECTs for the Early Career Framework please complete the DfE registration process and Register Pathfinder TSH as your ECF Delivery Partner through the links below.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH THESE STAGE TO BE FULLY REGISTERED FOR THE ECF. 

If you don’t have login details for the DfE Portal, you will receive an email w/c 16th May with a link to login.  You can also use this link to amend or add Year 2 ECTs. 

PLEASE NOTE In step 3 of the guide, when choosing your Early Career Framework Route you would need to choose ‘OPTION 1’ ‘DFE FUNDED TRAINING PROVIDER’ 

Early Career Framework Registration Link

Appropriate Body - Register your Early Career Teachers

To register your ECTs with an Appropriate Body for September 2022, please complete our online form.

Appropriate Body Registration Form

If you would like to nominate colleagues to be a facilitator on the ECF Programme, please complete the following form here. You can find a job description here – Visiting Fellow person specification 

Fiona Hopkinson-Kearney
Pathfinder ECF Lead

“We are delighted to have successfully delivered the ECF to over 400 colleagues between the Early Roll Out and National Roll Out over the last 2 years.  I look forward to continuing to collaborate with schools across our region on the successes of this, to support school leaders, ECTs and Mentors through an enriching ECF-base induction programme. “

Department for Education Resources

All schools will receive a personalised link from the DfE granting them access to the new Portal where they can register their Early Career Framework pathway, register their Early Career Teachers, Mentors and Induction Tutor. Please remember the DfE preference is for you to choose the Full Induction Programme through an approved Lead Provider. You will need to contact the Lead Provider (Ambition) directly and inform them you would like to use Pathfinder TSH as your Delivery Partner.  They will then contact the DfE and this will be updated on the DfE Portal.  Please remember to use the link above to register your ECTs with an Appropriate Body.

Useful information and Documents:

  1. Headteacher Orientation Guide and Launch Event: Cohort 2021 and 2022 combined is our ECT Headteacher Orientation guide.  This resource is designed to support headteachers in their knowledge of the programme and its effective delivery at a school level. Whilst it is a resource we expect to be returned to, we estimate it should take about 45 minutes to read it through for the first time.  In addition to this document, we are running several, optional ‘Headteacher Launch’ live webinars. These are 30 minutes long and take place at the end of the school day. The schedule and sign-up links for these events are here.
  2. Induction Coordinator Orientation Handbook (for returning and new ICs) and Launch Events is our ECT Induction Coordinator Orientation guide.  This resource is designed to support Induction Coordinators in effective programme delivery and participant support at school level. The orientation guide should be distributed as mandatory reading for all new induction coordinators regardless of whether they are picking up a 2021 cohort or starting for the first time with a 2022 cohort. We anticipate that it will take up to one hour to complete this guide.
  3. ECF Induction and training: additional information for Early Career Teachers
  4. ECF Induction and training: additional information for School Leaders
  5. ECF Induction and training: additional information for Mentor
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Delivery partner

Ambition Institute colleagues were part of the Expert Advisory Panel that helped develop the Early Career Framework. Their pilot projects, supported by the Education Endowment Foundation give them 3 years experience formulating and delivering these reforms in schools. They have expert knowledge, experience and an engaging and accessible learning platform for ECTs and Mentors to engage with the programme. They are perfectly placed to support schools, ECTs and Mentors to make the most of this valuable and impactful opportunity.

What our ECTs say

“The support I’ve received through the ECF has allowed me to feel well supported and prepared for my first term in teaching.”
“The ECF has further enriched my development… having regular discussions with my Mentor about what I am learning through Ambition has enabled me to consolidate my learning and has encouraged me to apply relevant techniques to my own teaching practice.”
“Really useful clinics and tweaked to suit the members of the course so that it was personalised support.”
“I am really enjoying and benefitting from taking part in this programme.”
“I find my weekly meetings with my ECT really useful and rewarding.”
“It’s very informative training which is delivered very well. I always get something good out of it.”
“Thank you for helping me to improve.”
“Thank you for the Visiting Fellows engaging and professional delivery.”
“Brill sessions, really enjoyed it and lots to take away.”
“Really informative. Lovely to collaborate with others working with similar and different ages.”
“I found the training very useful and I’ve already begun to add to/alter my practise as a result.”
“It was great to have the opportunity to speak to other ECT’s and share experiences.”
“The session was really useful, introducing new content as well as building on knowledge learnt from the previous conference.”
“Great to have time to work on a routine specific to our situation that we can put into practice straight away.”
“It was useful to reflect on how I manage behaviour and what other routines/strategies could be implemented.”
“I am finding it very useful and am able to make some tangible differences to my teaching skills.”
“An extremely informative and useful course.” 
“I will definitely be using better hinge questions now.”
“A key takeaway is how I can work with TAs to gauge how they want to support in my lessons and how I can have professional and meaningful conversations with those TAs.”
“I’ve learned how I can best use hinge questions to unpick student understanding whilst creating a really inclusive, safe environment where my students are free to make mistakes but also use these mistakes to further their understanding.”
“I can take away some concrete strategies that can be planned into lessons to become confident in knowing what my pupils have learnt.”

Frequently Asked Questions

The ECF is a new statutory entitlement to training and resources for Early Career Teachers and their Mentors. It underpins exciting reforms to the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, improving the training and development opportunities available to teachers. The ECF recognises the importance of high-quality induction training and the integral role of the Mentor in ECTs’ development. It provides funding, resources, support and training to facilitate this. Further information is available here:

It is not an assessment tool, ECTs continue to be assessed against the Teacher Standards. More information on the revised statutory guidance and regulations can be found here:

The ECF consolidates best available evidence and research in five key areas: behaviour management; pedagogy; curriculum, assessment and professional behaviours. This is formulated around “learn that” and “learn how to” statements which you can view here:

  • The induction period for ECTs has been lengthened to two years and there is increased support and training for ECTs and their Mentors.
  • The role of the Mentor has been introduced and is separate to the role of the Induction Tutor.
  • There is funding to ensure protected time for both ECTs and Mentors to hold high-quality instructional coaching conversations – this includes 20hrs across Year 2 for Mentors.
  • In addition to the 10% timetable reduction in Year 1, ECTs receive a 5% timetable reduction in Year 2.
  • The DfE has specified key evidence-based content that it is mandatory to cover during induction.
  • Appropriate bodies (ABs) have a role in checking that a school is delivering an ECF-based induction.
Funding (year 2) England (excluding the London Area) Inner London Area Outer London Area Fringe Area
Rounded cost per Early Career Teacher £1,200 £1,500 £1,400 £1,300
Rounded cost per Mentor £900 £1,100 £1,100 £900
Total £2,100 £2,600 £2,500 £2,200

Schools have the choice of engaging with and delivering the DfE ECF Framework through three pathways.

1. Full Induction Programme (FIP)

Materials and support have been created by the DfE approved Lead Providers. All resources are paid for, there is no additional responsibility on schools to create content, quality assurance materials/delivery or provide additional evidence to their appropriate body.

2. Core Induction Programme (CIP)

Curriculum materials have been created by the DfE approved Lead Providers. Learning Platform access, training sessions, ECT / Mentor support systems, administrative support etc are not available using this route. Additional materials need to be developed by the school – this additional element is not funded. Quality assurance of these materials/delivery requires additional evidence to their appropriate body.

3. School-based Programme

Schools design and deliver their own induction programme, based on the ECF. This is not funded, requires additional appropriate body checks and delivery may also be checked via Ofsted.

The DfE have made it clear that their preference is for schools to engage with the ECF through the FIP model “To ensure ECTs benefit from the highest quality support and ease the burden and cost for both schools and appropriate bodies, it is recommended that schools choose a Full Induction Programme” (AB Guidance: Induction and the Early Career Framework). As a Teaching School Hub we fully support this recommendation and its numerous benefits for schools.