The Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms will be rolled out nationally in September 2021. The reforms will affect the support and statutory entitlements for Early Career Teachers (formally known as NQTs and RQTs) who start their induction on or after 1st September 2021. The ECF reforms are designed to ensure that Early Career Teachers develop the skills and confidence they need.
L.E.A.D. Teaching School Hub has been designated as the Teaching School Hub for Lincolnshire, and as such, has responsibility for ensuring ECTs access the Early Career Framework, and as the designated Appropriate Body for the county, that ECTs are supported through the 2-year statutory induction. KYRA will continue to partner with schools for all NQT Appropriate Body and Early Career Framework activity, acting on behalf of LEAD Teaching School Hub (designated Lincolnshire Appropriate Body) and in partnership with the Teaching School Hub and Education Development Trust for the Early Career Framework programme.
Appropriate Body Role
As it has always done, the Appropriate Body service will continue to play an important role in statutory teacher induction and will continue to check that all teachers are receiving their statutory entitlements (such as reduced timetable) and support assessments for Early Career Teachers.
You will still need to register your ECT with an Appropriate Body. The system for registering is being developed and this will hopefully be complete by July 2021. Therefore, until further information is available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as an expression of interest. We will contact you with more information about signing up for Appropriate Body services through L.E.A.D Teaching School Hub in due course.
The Early Career Framework Programme
The lead ECF provider Six providers have been chosen by the DfE to lead the ECF core content and training. The Teaching School Hub has conducted a rigorous process of due diligence, alongside its partners, to select the most suitable provider for Lincolnshire.
Education Development Trust (EDT) has been selected and will be the lead provider for Lincolnshire through the Teaching School Hub and their partners moving forwards. KYRA have been part of the early-roll out of the ECF, working closely with EDT and we are delighted with this decision.
This is a statutory entitlement for all Early Career Teachers to access the Early Career Framework. It is therefore essential that your ECTs have access to the ECF. To access the materials you have 3 options, detailed below.
You should have received information from the Dfe with links to a portal. You will need to select one of the following options below, adding this to the portal:
- Funded, provider-led programme – the DfE has accredited external providers to design and deliver training for ECTs and their mentors. This will be funded by the DfE. You can apply for this support via an online portal that's expected to launch at the end of April
- DfE-based, school-delivered programme – you can use freely available DfE-accredited materials for new teachers and mentors to deliver your own ECT and mentor support
- School-designed and delivered programme – you can design your own induction programme, based on the ECF
If you haven't received information from the DfE about the portal please follow these instructions DfE Portal Support Instructions
To ensure your ECT, and their mentor, gets the appropriate level of support, we are strongly recommending that you select option 1: Funded, provider-led programme, known as the full induction programme (FIP). KYRA have been part of the early-roll out of the ECF, working closely with EDT and we are delighted with this decision. From September, KYRA will be a delivery partner and will therefore work closely with ECTs and their mentors on the Early Career Professional Development Programme.
If you follow our recommendations and choose the ‘FIP’ please complete the Education Development Trust portal to ensure your expression of interest has been received. You can do this by following this link: https://www.educationdevelopmenttrust.com/ecf. In the drop down menu, please select ‘LEAD Teaching School Hub – Lincolnshire’.
How to find out more including ECF online - Information Events
The Early Career Framework will bring change for schools in the structure and commitment to Early Career Teachers, we are keen to ensure that schools are fully prepared for this and we have a range of ways in which you can access information about this.
ECF Ready – On-line Events
We would recommend that all schools register to attend one of the upcoming ECF ready events being led by LEAD Teaching School Hub, which will explain the transition in detail and hopefully answer any questions you may have. Please see below for the link to book your place on the remaining two sessions.
Please select one of the following dates and links:
There will be some NQTs who will not have completed statutory induction by the end of this academic year and . This may be due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Induction start date part-way through the 2020-21 academic year
- part-time contract
- induction which has been paused, due to extenuating circumstances
- extensions have been granted
What does this mean for those NQTs/What are the Implications?
- Current NQTs (as outlined above) who will not have completed their induction by August 31s 2021 have until 1st September 2023 to complete induction within three terms.
- Current NQTs who will not have completed their induction year by August 31st 2021 should continue to follow the same NQT provision which they are currently receiving e.g. 10% non-contact, an induction tutor etc.
- After 1st September 2023, the transition period ends. For any outstanding ECTs further advice needs to be sought via the Appropriate Body.
- The ECF entitlement only applies to Early Career Teachers who start their induction on or after September 2021. However, the Core Induction Materials are freely available and can be used in internally in school to support teachers in their second year of their career. Click here to access these.
- KYRA are working in collaboration with L.E.A.D. Teaching School Hub and other local delivery partners to put together a package of support for NQTs not eligible for the ECF support package. Further information will follow once this has been finalised.
You can find further information in the following resources.
L.E.A.D. TSHub & Lincolnshire Delivery Partners brochure 'Your Guide to the Lincolnshire Early Career Framework & Appropriate Body Provision.'
L.E.A.D. TSHub & Lincolnshire Delivery Partners FAQ Document- ECF/AB FAQ document
ECF with EDT & L.E.A.D. TSHub & Partners Providing the support Early Career Teachers need through the ECF with EDT & L.E.A.D. TSHub & Partners
KYRA have produced a series of short videos two of which explore the ECF reforms:
1. KYRA Connect | Preparing for the Early Career Framework A presentation by Lauren Nicoll Head of Teacher Development at KYRA, providing an overview for our partner schools, what you need to know now about the ECF rollout.
Click here for the supporting document Preparing for the Early Career Framework
2. KYRA Connect | A Conversation with OBE Professor Sam Twiselton. OBE Professor Sam Twiselton joins Lauren Nicoll for KYRA Connect this week to talk about the Early Career Framework. Sam is the Chair of the Advisory Group for the ITT Core Content Framework Group and sits on the advisory group for the DfEs Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy. This work, along with the Early career Framework, aims to create a coherent system for our Early Career Teachers, and all teachers, with the NPQs coming on board. All of this work will create a seamless pathway for the progression of our colleagues. Lauren and Sam discuss how we can prepare for the Early Career Framework by ensuring we are creating the right culture of support for our Early Career colleagues, ensuring we address the recruitment and retention challenges
We will continue to keep in regular contact with you as we receive more information, should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us, either via email to email@example.com or to Lauren Nicoll, KYRA Head of Teacher Development firstname.lastname@example.org
General Data Protection Regulation
You may be aware that from 25th May 2018, the rules around data protection are changing. The 'General Data Protection Regulation' (GDPR) will change how we can use personal data (including yours) and keep it safe, and will also strengthen individual’s rights over their own data.
We only collect and use personal information about you when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we use it where we need to:
- comply with a legal obligation. Our statutory duty as an appropriate body can be found in the Induction for newly qualified teachers (England) Statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies
We have updated our Privacy Notice for NQTs registered for Newly Qualified Teachers Induction with Kyra TSA about how we handle your personal data, including who we will share your data with. You can find this in the
Questions or concerns
If you have any questions about how the GDPR affects you, or would like a copy of our data protection policy, you can contact Jude Smith Kyra Data Protection Lead
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