Early Career Framework

Early Career Framework

We are working in partnership with Best Practice Network to deliver the Early Career Development Programme which delivers the Early Career Framework reforms for Early Career Teachers. This DfE-funded programme is open to all schools in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme with Early Career Teachers.

In May 2023, OFSTED judged Best Practice Network as Outstanding.

What is the Early Career Development Programme?

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 with a view to greater teacher support and retention. Best Practice Network is delivering the programme nationwide.

New teachers now receive developmental support and training over their first 2 years in  the profession.

How much does the Early Career Development Programme cost?

The programme is funded by the DfE and freely available for all state-maintained academies and schools in England.

What does the funding provide?

The DfE funding provides for the full 2 year induction of an Early Career Teacher which gives ECTs structured support based on the Early Career Framework and additionally provides for the training of mentors.

As well as full access to the programme outlined below, the DfE funding provides for: 

  • 10% time-off timetable for Early Career Teachers in Year 1 
  • 5% time-off timetable in Year 2 for all Early Career Teachers to undertake induction activities including training and mentoring 
  • funding for mentors to spend with Early Career Teachers in the second year of induction – this is based on 20 hours of mentoring across the academic year 

Early Career Teaching Learning Hours

Mentor Training & Mentor Sessions


Early Career Development Programme with OLP/BPN