The Early Career Framework, What’s it all about?



September 2021 will see the introduction of the Early Career Framework which is a support programme for new teachers, now called Early Career Teachers, that have qualified from their studies achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides them funded support in the form of a structured 2-year package of high-quality professional development.


The Early Career Framework replaces the previous Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction programme which took place over one year.


The aim is to smooth the transition between teacher training and the teaching career. It provides a structured programme of development, with support and professional dialogue, as well as regular monitoring and assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards allowing the Early Career Teacher to become effective and successful.


What are the benefits?

  • The Early Career Framework will standardise training and support for new teachers. It will produce more experienced teachers with a broad knowledge base of modern teaching techniques.

  • The standard length of induction has been increased from one school year (previous NQT programme) to two school years. New teachers will be guaranteed access to support and development during that time.

  • There will be a 10% timetable reduction received in the first year of induction, followed by a 5% timetable reduction in the second year.

  • The mentor will have a key role in supporting the Early Career Teacher during induction.

  • There will be two formal assessment points, one midway through induction, and one at the end of the induction period. These will be supported by regular progress reviews to monitor development, to take place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled.

Monitoring, support, and assessment during induction As an Early Career Teacher, your school will put a suitable support programme in place which is structured to meet your professional needs. The mentor is there for you to talk to openly with them. Don’t worry about making mistakes as this is the environment where you can learn from them. The mentor will have QTS and carry out regular one to one sessions in an effective way providing you feedback and encouragement. They will also observe your lessons, set targets to achieve and make time to help you progress through.


This is an exciting initiative and should encourage people who are thinking of going into teaching to join the profession as there is a greater focus on teacher development.


If you are a qualified teacher looking for supply work, the first step is to book a registration appointment with us.


Book your registration with Yorkshire Education today.


Call: 01904 481800

Email: office@yorkshire-education.co.uk