We would like to share further detail on upcoming planned changes to statutory induction arrangements to support the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms from September 2021.

Whilst there is no action for schools, or early career teachers to take at this stage. We have published further detail of these changes to help the sector prepare for national roll-out next year:


Changes will ensure that all early career teachers undergoing induction are entitled to a 2-year training and support programme based on the early career framework. Key changes will include:

  • The extension of the induction period to 2 school years
  • Early career teachers will be entitled to a programme of training based on the early career framework, as well as the support of a dedicated mentor
  • Additional funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year
  • Appropriate bodies will have a role in ensuring that a suitable early career framework-based programme of support is in place

As the sector continues to respond to the current public health crisis, we hope this information provides further clarity to schools and early career teachers ahead of national roll-out.

We are committed to giving the sector the guidance and information they need as it prepares to deliver the early career framework. We plan to provide further information and guidance in Spring 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us via ECF.Delivery@education.gov.uk.

If you would like to receive direct updates from the department on the ECF reforms, please fill in this form.

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