Early Career Teacher

Early Career Teacher

We are working in partnership with Best Practice Network & Outstanding Leaders Partnership 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 starting in September.

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

Schools can register their details through the Early Career Development Programme website now and they will be provided with full signup instructions at a later date.

What is the Early Career Development Programme?

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 with a view to greater teacher support and retention. Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership will be delivering the programme nationwide from September.

New teachers will now receive development support and training over 2 years instead of one, all underpinned by the DfE’s Early Career Framework reforms.

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 provider for?

The DfE funding provides for the full 2 year induction of an early career teacher (consisting of 122 learning hours over the duration of the programme). There is a further 36 hours of funded training for an in-school mentor (see images below).

Early Career Teaching Learning Hours

Mentor Training & Mentor Sessions

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

  • 10% time-off timetable for early career teachers in Year 1
  • 5% time-off timetable in the second year of induction 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

How do I apply for the Early Career Induction Programme?

Please register your details with Outstanding Leaders Partnership on their Early Career Development Programme web page and they will contact you when the full application process has been confirmed by the Department for Education.

Further Information

Click the images below to discover more about the great support now available for early career teachers in your school:

Early Career Development Programme with OLP/BPN