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Early Career Framework (ECF)

We are really excited to be working with UCL Institute of Education as a Delivery Partner for the Early Career Framework (ECF). 

Cohort 1 are well underway but if schools recruit later in the year ECTs can still join the  fully funded Full Induction Programme (FIP) ​using Sussex Coast Schools Alliance as the Delivery Partner for UCL's ECF programme..There are four simple steps you should take now to register an Early Career Teacher (ECT).

Step 1: You should have been contacted by the DfE asking you to register the name of your induction tutor.

Step 2: Your induction tutor should then receive an email requesting them to access the portal for ECF. 

Step 3: On access to the portal, you will then be asked to make a choice on how you intend to deliver the Early Career Framework. You will make a choice for the full induction programme (FIP).

Step 4: ​You will be asked to select your Teaching School Hub (TSH) to deliver the programme.  As you are choosing to access ECF through our Alliance DO NOT select a TSH.  Instead, ​you should fill out the Expression of Interest form (link below) and we will pass on your details to UCL. ​

Expression of Interest Form to register with UCL

Step 5: Upload ECT & Mentor information onto the DfE portal.  This data is then passed to UCL and used to provide log ins for ECTs and Mentors for the UCLeXtend learning platform.  For help with this see the DfE FAQs at the botton of the page.  We advise that the mentor is not the same person as the Induction Tutor.

When UCL submit our data to the DfE they will know that you are using the UCL's Full Induction Programme for ECF and that we are the Delivery Partner for the provision.

Step 6: Register your ECT with an Appropriate Body

The Appropriate Body (AB) and the provider of the Early Career Framework (SCSA/UCL) are different things.  The role of the AB is to support schools with the monitoring and assessment of ECTs, and schools must register their ECTs with an AB to fulfil the requirements of Induction.   The AB makes the final decision to the Teaching Regulation Agency whether the ECT has passed induction.  Whilst the Full Induction Programme (ECF) is fully funded there is a charge to sign up with an AB.  You could use whoever you have used before or Brighton & Hove CC see link below:

Early Career Teachers' Induction Service (Appropriate Body) 2021/22 | BEEM

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Key Dates

Next MENTOR support Drop-in session - Thursday 27th January 2022 at 3.30pm.  A Zoom link will be sent out a few days before.

Next ECT support Drop-in session - Thursday 3rd March 2022 at 3.30pm.  A Zoom link will be sent out a few days before.

Additional (optional) training

Mon 31st January 2022  3.45-4.50pm Managing Wellbeing (ECTs only) link sent with January newsletter

Tues 22nd March 2022 3.30-5.30pm Unconscious Bias (all welcome) link sent with January newsletter

Useful Documents from UCL

DfE Early Career Framework FAQs

Frequently asked questions from the DfE.

DfE FAQs May 2021 

DfE FAQs July 2021 this includes how to register ECTs & Mentors onto the DfE portal

UCL 2(1)UCL ECF image v2(1)ECF Guide for School Leaders & Induction leads(1)UCL Guide for mentors and ECTs(1)
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