How to register your ECT

How to register your ECT

Step 1. Register with The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub as your Appropriate Body.

Please click here to register the details on ECT Manager.

Your Induction Tutor or Headteacher will need to register their details in the first instance. Once we have authorised their registration, they can add details of their ECTs.

If you cannot see your school on the drop down list, please contact us at

For further assistance, please click here to view “Introduction to ECT Manager” and click here to watch the webinar recording (3rd July 2023)

Please click here for guidance on how to register a new school on ECT Manager (March 2024)

Step 2. Register with the DfE 

Please click here to use this service to set up a 2-year ECF-based training programme for your early career teachers (ECTs).

Sign in to this service to tell the DfE:

  • how you want to run your training
  • which accredited materials or training provider you’ll use
  • which ECTs and mentors will take part

Your induction tutor can use this service to:

  • tell us whether or not you expect ECTs to join your school
  • nominate someone else to be your school’s induction tutor
  • change how your school runs your training programme
  • tell us that an ECT is transferring from another school, and let us know how you want them to continue their training

If you are using a DfE-funded training provider for the ECF training, The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub is the local delivery partner for the lead provider, Best Practice Network.

For assistance, email

Step 3. Register with Best Practice Network

If you have chosen to use a DfE-funded training provider to provide the ECF training to your ECT and mentor, you will need to register your details with our lead provider, Best Practice Network, who we are delighted to announce have achieved Ofsted ‘OUTSTANDING’ for their ECF Programme! (May 2023)

Please click here to register your school with Best Practice Network if this is your first ECT.

The team at Best Practice Network will contact your ECT and mentor directly, using the information on your DfE registration, to complete their ECF registrations so please ensure that email addresses are submitted correctly.

Early Career Teachersplease click here to complete your Best Practice Network registration.

Mentorsplease click here to complete your Best Practice Network registration. This is for new mentors only, you do not need to complete the ECF training more than once.

Please click here for more information about the ECF programme.

Please click here to watch the webinar from our ECF lead provider, Best Practice Network regarding updates to the ECF programme format for 2023-2024 (29th June 2023)


If you have any queries regarding the registration process, please contact us and a member of the ECT team will be happy to assist you. 

If your ECT has completed Year 1 of their induction and is staying in the same setting for Year 2, their induction will continue and you will not need to re-register any details.