Early Career Framework

From September 2021 the government is funding a new entitlement for all early career teachers in England to access high-quality professional development for the first two years of their career to support teacher support and retention. This two-year programme provides teachers with the essential specialist support they need to improve their practice and build confidence following their initial teacher training.

Camden Learning are delighted to be partnering with Education Development Trust to deliver the Early Career Professional Development Programme (ECPDP) as part of the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework. This means that Camden ECTs will be offered the FULL induction programme locally, led by expert practitioners, and that, at the end of Year 2, all registered schools will access the £2600 additional funding.

As we offer a greatly enhanced primary programme, there is a charge of £1295 per primary ECT for the 2 years,  which includes Appropriate Body assessment and support throughout. For secondary, the charge is £800 as there is less additional training.

The ECPDP will equip early career teachers with skills they can use in the classroom straight away and offer the structured support needed to help them be the best teachers they can be. The programme involves:

  • Face-to-face and webinar sessions with expert input, exploring effective classroom practice across settings, phases and specialisms;
  • Regular mentoring sessions centering around the benefits of Instructional Coaching and exploring content with a focus on learning, practising, and reflecting;
  • Regional and local training sessions;
  • Opportunities for reflection and discussion as well as carefully timed self-study;
  • A chance to meet other ECTs and begin to build a professional network of support.


The Early Career Framework forms part of a new and ambitious professional development programme – see DfE link below – for all teachers which includes a new suite of NPQs. Camden Learning is delighted to be offering two NPQs locally; the NPQSL and the NPQLTD.

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All ECTs and their respective mentors will complete the ECF programme over two years. Every new teacher must follow the Early Career Framework and complete statutory induction. Camden Learning is registered as an Appropriate Body (AB). The AB will quality assure the induction process of each early career teacher and ensure they receive the training and support opportunities to which they are entitled.

Full details of our AB team and provision

Unlike the Core and School-Based ECF options, the Full Induction programme – which Camden Learning is offering – does not demand any further quality assurance costs by the Appropriate Body, as it has already been quality assured by the DfE.

A short introduction to the Early Career Framework

Find out more

Kate Frood
Primary Programme

E: kate.frood@camdenlearning.org.uk

Joe Edwards
Secondary Programme

E: joe.edwards@camdenlearning.org.uk

Paranie Sivachandra
Primary & Secondary Programme

T: 07950 559246
E: paranie.sivachandra@camdenlearning.org.uk

Welcome to teaching! It really is the most wonderful profession, and we’ll support you to become the very best teacher you can be. You’re joining the profession at an exciting time as this new, 2-year programme launches. If you are new to teaching and to Camden, click the new ECT programme links. If you joined us in 2021, or join us for your second year from another authority or trust, click the Year 2s programme!

ECPDP Welcome brochure

Learn how you’ll benefit from our programme and how the 12-module course and general schedule is structured. Find out about mentoring support and read some graduate testimonies.

Camden Learning Primary Programme- New ECTs – Autumn term 2022


Camden Learning Primary Programme-  Year 2s – Autumn term 2022

Camden Learning Secondary Programme – New ECTs Autumn 2022


Camden Learning Secondary Programme – Year 2s – Autumn term 2022

Teachers Standards – summary

Read the Department of Education’s Teachers’ Standards, outlining the expectations that encompass teaching, personal and professional conduct.


Whilst the ECF is presented around the Teachers’ Standards for clarity, the ECF is not and should not be used as an assessment framework. The ECF underpins an entitlement to training and should be viewed very positively!  ECTs will not be expected to collate evidence. Assessment will continue to be against Teacher Standards only (see link above) .


However engagement with the programme – from attending sessions and self study – will be monitored and concerns shared if there are concerns.

We know that a huge part of succeeding as a teacher, and enjoying the job, is building up a supportive network of peers and of getting to know expert practitioners who can advise and support along the way. If we can create  that professional community, a sense of belonging and identity, we know it will be supportive to you. Face to face sessions are so helpful not just for training but for those informal conversations and for networking!

We ask that you notify a member of the Camden team in good time. Please try not to make appointments which clash with your professional development/training time and make sure your colleagues are fully appraised of your ECF commitments.

Excellent mentoring is key to the success of the ECF initiative. This Programme is centred around developing the mentor relationship and includes a focussed learning pathway for mentors.

We will work with in-school mentors to learn new mentoring and coaching techniques, enabling you to strengthen essential skills that you can use throughout your career. Specialist training and support will give each mentor confidence in their knowledge of the Early Career Framework so that they can develop mentoring skills to ensure the early career teachers get the very best from the Programme.

Camden Learning Mentor Briefing slides

Find out who is involved and read a basic breakdown of the Early Career Framework and the ECPDP. Learn what your role will be and how you’ll get there.

ECPDP Welcome Booklet for Mentors

Read about the programme and your role in context of the bigger picture and learn how to use the resources to progress on your journey as mentor.

Teachers Standards – summary

Read the Department of Education’s Teachers’ Standards, outlining the expectations that encompass teaching, personal and professional conduct.

Mentor FAQs

  • The time already exists (ECT timetable reduction and existing mentoring time). It should be about how to repurpose the time you have.
  • All their mentor sessions are pre-designed for you so you have less prep time and can focus on their ECT. There are one-page summaries or extended versions of the one-to-one sessions which you can choose.
  • The DfE is very clear that the ECF is not an assessment framework and should not be used as such.
  • Schools should continue to use their statutory induction assessments for NQTs. New Statutory Guidance was released in Spring 2021.
  • This Programme should become the input in terms of professional development support, setting goals and reviewing progress. Each ECT should have a mentor for this Programme, and an induction tutor for their statutory assessment.
  • If mentors are also having to operate as induction tutors (for example, in small schools), they should be explicit about when they are observing as part of an assessment or as part of this Programme for support.
  • We know mentors will have lots of experience and so they do not need to use everything exactly as provided.
  • The sessions have been written in general terms so all phases can use them, and so it is expected that mentors adapt the examples and focus of activities to match their ECT.
  • The main point is that mentors cover (that is ensure that ECTs understand the statement) all of the ECF statements that are indicated throughout the activities, but they may choose to use their own appropriate activity to do this.

ECPDP Welcome Booklet for Induction Tutors

Read about your role as an induction tutor, how the programme will benefit your school and look at a snapshot of the course and key resources.

Teachers Standards summary

Read the Department of Education’s Teachers’ Standards, outlining the expectations that encompass teaching, personal and professional conduct.



A school’s induction tutor can add ECT and mentor details here.


Click here for the DfE registration link and click here to register with the Education Development Trust and the for the ECF Full Induction Programme with Camden Learning.


Once you have signed in, they will see the option to ‘Add early career teachers and mentors’ under the 2021 cohort dashboard. Induction tutors will need to provide names and email contacts for each ECT and each mentor. It is important that you do this as soon as possible, before they start their induction programme.


The DfE will contact early career teachers and mentors soon to ask them to provide any additional information that is required to support their induction.

Schools can visit the online service and confirm if they are not currently expecting any early career teachers to start in September. This will help ensure schools do not receive unnecessary emails regarding the service. If the situation changes and you end up needing to set up an induction training programme, you can request to update this status by emailing continuing-professional-development@digital.education.gov.uk

Your training provider may have already requested some details for your ECTs and mentors, but schools will still have to provide details via the DfE online service. It is important that you do this as soon as possible, before they start their induction programme.


We need to verify that mentors:


  • have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • are eligible to complete an induction or act as a mentor


As your programme is being delivered by a training provider (Camden Learning as delivery partner for Ed Dev Trust) , this also supports the process through which ensures that they receive funding from the Department for Education (DfE).

Induction tutors only need to add details of the ECTs due to begin their induction from 1 September 2021 and details of the mentors that will be supporting them.


However, the DfE has announced additional support for teachers who completed their induction during the 2020-21 academic year. As part of this, schools will have access to DfE-accredited development materials based on the early career framework to use during this time off timetable. There are a range of materials available that have been designed for teachers at the start of their careers to use independently. It is not compulsory to use these materials. The DfE-accredited materials to support these teachers during the 2021/22 academic year will be made available in due course via the DfE Teacher CPD Service. Further details on what information is required from schools will be made available at that point.

Only a school’s induction tutor can add the details of the early career teachers and mentors expected in their 2021 cohort. If they have not yet done so, schools can nominate their induction tutor by visiting https://manage-training-for-early-career-teachers.education.gov.uk/ and following the instructions to generate an email invite.

If an induction tutor works across multiple schools (e.g. as part of a federation or multi-academy trust), then they can be nominated against each of those schools using the same email address. When they sign in to the service, they will see all the schools listed where they have been nominated and can choose which school’s programme to set up and add details for.


Schools can email continuing-professional-development@digital.education.gov.uk  to request an induction tutor is set up against multiple schools if they provide:


  • Induction tutor name
  • Induction tutor email
  • URN for each school where the person acts as the induction tutor

No, schools do not use the online service to tell us which provider they are working with. Schools will confirm directly with a training provider that they wish to use them. This can be either a lead provider or one of their delivery partners. Lead providers will inform the DfE which schools they are working with and the department will ask schools to confirm this partnership with the online service being updated accordingly.

The lead providers will upload a list of school URNs to the online service to submit confirmed relationships with schools. The DfE will then contact schools and ask them to confirm this partnership.

Yes. Email invites have been sent to all maintained schools and academies. The invite will have been sent to the email address(es) registered against the school in GIAS (Get Information About Schools). This is usually an office@, admin@ or head@ email address. If they cannot find the original invite, schools can visit https://manage-training-for-early-career-teachers.education.gov.uk/  and regenerate a new email invite to the address they have registered with GIAS or email continuing-professional-development@digital.education.gov.uk for support

Unless a school is opting to design its own ECF-based programmes, the school will need to get set up on the online service and add the details of their early career teachers and mentors ahead of the early career teachers beginning their inductions. For most early career teachers, this will be 6th September 2021




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