Early Career Framework in partnership with Ambition Institute

For more information or to express an interest in participating in this programme please contact:

Lelia Berkeley – Strategic Lead for ECF

E:  PLNECF@lyonshall.org.uk


Professional Learning Network is delighted to be working with Ambition Institute to deliver the DfE funded Full Induction Programme at no cost to your school. Our two-year programme will be delivered by a team of facilitators who are experienced practising teachers and can adapt the materials to respond to the context of our schools.

From September 2021, the government is funding an entitlement for all early career teachers in England to access high-quality professional development at the start of their career. New teachers will now receive development support and training over two years instead of one, underpinned by the Early Career Framework.

This means that schools offering statutory induction will be required to replace their current offer with this new model. We’re working with schools and trusts in Essex and West Suffolk to support you to do this effectively.

Those doing the training will learn:

  • The content of the early career framework including behaviour, instruction, curriculum, assessment and self-regulation.
  • What effective teaching looks like through specific examples to put early career teachers on the path to teaching expertise.
  • How to keep getting better in a systematic way so they can continue to develop and improve throughout their career.

The offer for early career teachers includes:

  • 2 years of new, funded, high-quality training
  • freely available high quality materials based on the ECF
  • funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year
  • a dedicated mentor and support for these mentors including access to funded high-quality training
  • additional funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching

A brief overview of our Full Induction Programme can be found here


The Programme:

The Early Career Framework is the evidence base which underpins the new entitlement for early career teachers’ (ECTs) professional development. It sets out all the knowledge and practice they will need to learn and embed in their first two years of teaching. The Early Career Teachers Programme is designed to support early career teachers and their mentors to embed the necessary standards of classroom practice, described in the framework.


The programme covers the Early Career Framework through three termly stands of learning. Each strand encompasses many parts of a teachers’ practice, however with a core thread throughout.

They are:

1. Behaviour

2. Instruction

3. Subject

Within these strands, content moves from concrete (for example an entry routine) to more abstract (for example the types of knowledge pupils need to learn). A concept will need to be returned to multiple times and from different perspectives to ensure it becomes embedded.

Each strand is comprised of weekly modules which include:

1. Self-Directed Study Materials for the ECT

2. Self-Directed Study Materials for the Mentor

3. Instructional Coaching session between the Mentor and ECT

Facilitated Sessions:

The self-directed study materials and coaching are supplemented with facilitated live sessions. These are designed to help ECTs and mentors make sense of independent study and address common misconceptions through discussions with their peers and an expert facilitator.

For further information, or to express your interest in participating in this programme, please contact:
Lelia Berkeley: ECF Strategic Lead
E: PLNECF@lyonshall.org.uk