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Early Career Teachers

Early Career Teachers

Early Career Framework and Appropriate Body

Xavier are delighted to offer the early career framework and appropriate body services to over 800 early career teachers (ECTs) plus their mentors, across more than 300 schools in the region.

All Early Career Teachers (ECTs) now benefit from two years of statutory DfE fully-funded support and development based on the Early Career Framework (ECF).  Xavier Teaching School Hub are delighted to be working in partnership with Teach First to deliver the fully-funded ECF Induction Programme.

As one of six national Lead Providers, Teach First is responsible for agreeing the training materials with the DfE and providing the materials to the Xavier ECF facilitators. The Xavier ECF team are responsible for the delivery of the ECF programme using the expertise within our local schools.

Our Early Career Framework provision
  • Local strategic lead and delivery partner schools working with groups of 20-25 ECTs and their Mentors to guide them through the programme
  • Online and face-to-face training modules
  • Mentor programme to support and develop colleagues
  • World-class online learning platform delivered by Teach First
  • Subject-specific focus in Year 2 for secondary/sixth form ECTs
  • Weekly bulletin to support access to the programme


The DfE have released this useful guidance for school leaders on setting up training based on the early career framework (link below):

DfE guidance on how to set up training for early career teachers


Schools who choose for their ECTs to complete the fully funded early career programme will receive funding directly from the DfE to support with the release of both mentors and ECTs over the two-year period. Under the current statutory guidance, all ECTs are entitled to 10% release time within their first year and a further 5% in year 2, as well as a two-year package of support from their mentor. We passionately believe that the early career framework supports all ECTs and mentors with a national consistent programme of high-quality, evidence-based training to support their growth in the fundamental years of their development as a teacher.