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Arriving At School

Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework has been introduced by the DfE to provide support and guidance to ECTs throughout their first two years of teaching.  The framework is structured to further develop ECTs professional practice through online learning, virtual training and the support of a fully trained mentor.


Alpha Teaching School Hub is working in partnership with Best Practice Network to deliver Early Career Framework. This DfE-funded programme is open to all schools in Colchester, Ipswich, Tendring and Babergh with Early Career Teachers (ECT).

Why choose Alpha Teaching School Hub for your ECF?​

  • Training is delivered in your local area and phase

  • ECF Leads who adapt to the ECT/Mentors needs

  • Reducing workload where possible for ECT/Mentors

  • Support at an important career stage to increase staff retention

  • An expert and enthusiastic candidate support team

What are the benefits of the ECF programme?

  • In - school mentors sharing their experience and best practice

  • Support at an important career stage to increase staff retention

  • Fully-funded by the DfE

  • Moving ECTs on from ITT learning 

  • Using a spiral curriculum for a deeper learning experience

  • Expert facilitators and efficient systems 

  • A strong network of Mentors and Leaders to support the programme


100% of ECTs said that it was useful to discuss and share ideas with other ECTs

100% of ECTs said that they felt that the training met the learning objectives

100% of ECTs said that they felt able to apply what they had learnt to their practice

DfE guidance on how to register your ECT(s) and Mentor(s)

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