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Early Career Teachers

The early career framework sets out what early career teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers. It underpins a new entitlement for two years of professional development designed to help early career teachers develop their practice, knowledge and working habits.

If you are employing an early career teacher you must provide them with a two-year induction programme. The Julian Teaching School Hub is offering the Ambition Institute Early Career Teachers programme and is also able to act as your Appropriate Body.

When you know you will be employing an early career teacher, contact us to let us know you want to work with us, and then follow the steps laid out in the flowchart at the bottom of this page ('Steps to take if you appoint an ECT').

We have created a series of bite-size information videos containing everything you need to know about the two-year induction process: Watch here.

Those doing the training will learn:

  • The content of the early career framework, including behaviour, instruction, curriculum assessment and self-regulation
  • What effective teaching looks like, putting them on the path to becoming an expert in teaching
  • How to keep getting better, so they can continue to improve in their careers.

Benefits to your school include:

  • Improved wellbeing and job satisfaction of early career teachers
  • Attract and retain staff
  • A two-year package of support

Why this programme?

This brand new, Department for Education-funded programme builds on the thinking behind the Early Career Framework to help educators early in their careers develop expertise, and improve wellbeing and job satisfaction.

You can download Ambition Institute’s Expert Edit publication now for more information about the Early Career Framework and how our Early Career Teachers programme can support your early career teachers.

Retain your staff

Provide the quality professional development and mentoring that new teachers need to consolidate and become effective and satisfied in their roles, and stay in the profession.

Cutting edge insight

Give your early career teachers and mentors access to the best available evidence, alongside internationally-recognised effective practice from around the world.


The Early Career Teachers programme is a blended learning experience, providing teachers and their mentors with high quality, evidence-informed training and materials, alongside scaffolding to ensure effective mentoring.

What participants learn:
  • All the ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ content of the Early Career Framework, including behaviour, instruction, curriculum, assessment and self-regulation.
  • What effective teaching looks like, through specific examples and explanations of how and why this practice works. This will help early career teachers develop expertise in teaching
  • How to keep getting better, so they can continue to improve and thrive during their career.
How participants learn:
  • A carefully designed combination of face-to-face training, virtual peer-learning groups, expert-led webinars and weekly video tutorials. These all sit alongside support for effective mentoring.
  • All content is designed and delivered by experts in teacher education, drawing upon the best available evidence in how teachers learn.
  • Programme components have been designed intentionally to fit with the demands of schools and the busy lives of teachers. This keeps travel and cover requirements to a minimum, and provides online learning that can be undertaken at any time, in any place, on any device.



ECTs and mentors

Course length

Two years


Department for Education-funded


Contact us to let us know you want to work us, then check that you have followed all the steps in the document 'Steps to take if you appoint an ECT'. You must register your preferred ECF training route on the DfE's Manage training for early career teachers service.

Once you have registered on the DfE portal, please ensure that your mentor(s) are booked onto their mandatory induction conference. You can do that here. September dates now added!

Your Induction Coordinator should register to attend a half-day training session, delivered online. They can do that here.

Your ECT(s) will need to attend a one-day induction conference in September: please book them on here.