Early Career Framework (ECF) and Appropriate Body (AB) Explained

ECF & AB Explained

What is the difference between ECF and AB?

The Early Career Framework (ECF) is the evidence base which underpins the entitlement for Early Career Teachers’ professional development. It sets out what all Early Career Teachers should learn about and learn how to do during the first 2 years of their career, building on from the foundations laid in Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

The Appropriate Body (AB) is the organisation who quality assures statutory teacher induction and provides data to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) to record the progress of Early Career Teachers (ECTs).

Statutory induction for all Early Career Teacher (ECTs) must now be underpinned by the Early Career Framework(ECF) and overseen by an Appropriate Body (AB).

What is the difference between Lead Provider and Delivery Partner?

Schools can follow the ECF training, provided, funded and accredited by the DfE, from one of six training providers. These organisations are know as Lead Providers. These programmes have been quality assured by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

Lead Providers work with Delivery Partners to delivery their training programmes to ECTs and Mentors from schools across England.

The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub is both an ECF Delivery Partner AND an Appropriate Body.

The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub are the Delivery Partner for Lead Provider, Best Practice Network, on the ECF training programme.