Early Career Framework (ECF)

Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership STEP

Early Career Framework (ECF)

The Early Careers Framework becomes statutory from September 2021.

Why choose Shropshire & Telford Education Partnership STEP?

  • You will be supported by one of the main delivery partners for Provider Led ECF

   and working with a National ECF provider - Best Practice.

  • In choosing the provider led route it will allow your school (s) to access funding to

   support Early Career Teachers (ECTs) as well as their mentors.

  • You will be provided training based on the latest educational research and

   designed by internationally recognised experts in this field.

  • You will have confidence that experienced, local facilitators will adapt materials to

   reflect our local context

  • You will ease your in-school workload so you don’t have to devise your own plans

   or appoint your own facilitators.  Let us do it for you.

  •  There is no need to submit your school or Trust ECF programme for scrutiny to

   your Appropriate Body if you follow the provider led route.

  •  The Hub can also act as your Appropriate Body for your ECTs.

Your ECTs and mentors will join a regional and national network, supporting your staff and wider school development goals.  To ensure a smooth and supported start for your ECTs in September – choose the provider led model delivered by STEP through our partnership with Best Practice Networks.  STEP will ensure sessions are tailored to the context of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, through our own team of highly experienced, locally recognised facilitators.

 To do this you will need to register directly with Best Practice. The link to register can be found at:


Early Career Framework – What Schools need to know STEP event: To view a recording of the event please click on the link below:


Did you know?

  • There are 3 options open to you for your Early Career Teacher programme.
  • That you cannot continue with the same programme you have used previously.
  • That you must register which route you choose on the DfE ECT portal and this directly impacts on the levels of funding you will receive.
  • The ECT’s mentor must be different to your Induction tutor.
  • ECT mentor release time could impact on your timetable.
  • The Full Induction Programme which will run through your Teaching School Hub is funded by the DfE and means you don’t have to map against the ECF core content and submitted for approval to your appropriate body.
  • Appropriate bodies will have to complete a fidelity check of your ECF programme if you are creating your own but not if you follow the Full Induction Programme.
  • The DfE are recommending the Full Induction Programme

 You should have received the link to register your ECTs from the DfE, we understand these are being sent out in batches to schools.  If you have not received your link please click here


Best Practice Webinar Early Career Framework reforms and how the Early Career Development Programme delivers those reforms to newly qualified teachers.

The full recording of the webinar is now available on Youtube at https://youtu.be/VTsOAThlTbA. The Powerpoint slides from the presentation can be downloaded direct from BP web site here.

Schools wishing to sign up for our Early Career Development Programme should visit BP online application form at https://ccms.bpnsystems.net/ecf_application/

Please note for the name prompt please use STEP Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership.

Best Practice more information, including the answers given to many of the questions raised during the webinar can be found on our web site at www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/early-career-framework 

We will shortly be organising an ECF specific meeting in partnership with Best Practice details will be emailed to schools.

Should you have any queries please contact Rhian de Winter, ECF/AB Administrator rdw@tpstrust.co.uk or Ruth Shaw, Strategic Lead at rcs@tpstrust.co.uk .

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