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Early Career Framework

Registering ECT's with Potentia TSH

The Early Career Framework has been introduced by the DfE to provide support and guidance to Early Career Teachers (ECT's) throughout their first two years of teaching. The framework is structured to further develop ECT's professional practice through online learning, virtual training and the support of a fully trained mentor.

Potentia Teaching School Hub is working in partnership with Education Development Trust to deliver the Early Career Framework programme. This DfE- funded programme is open to all schools to schools within Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak and North East Derbyshire who have ECT's.

How do I register my ECT's and mentors with Potentia TSH's Early Career Programme?

Registration for Potentia TSH's Early Career Programme is done via the DfE Online Service 'Manage Training for Early Career Teachers'.

Schools with existing ECT's - Register here

If you have an existing ECT, you will already have access to the website. If you do not or would like to tell the service about changes at your school, click HERE .

Schools with new ECT's - Register here

If you are looking to register a new ECT, click HERE to request access to the service.

School musts log into this service and complete the associated steps before their ECT's can start their statutory induction programme.

Who do I choose for my Lead Provider and Delivery Partner?

As part of the DfE Registration process, you will be invited to choose a Lead Provider and Delivery Partner for your Early Career Programme. To register for Potentia TSH's programme, choose 'Education Development Trust' as the Lead Provider and 'Potentia Teaching School Hub' as the Delivery Partner.

Do I need to register separately with the Lead Provider?

If you are not currently using Education Development Trust (EDT) as your Lead Provider, you should register your interest with EDT on their website so that they can start to create a record for your school. 


Do I need to register separately with an Appropriate Body?

As part of the DfE Registration process, you will be asked to say which Appropriate Body you are using for statutory induction. Please note: this does not constitute registration with an Appropriate Body (AB) - you need to register with an AB separately.


Introduction to the Early Career Framework (ECF)

The ECF sets out what ECT's are entitled to learn about and what they should learn how to do when they start their careers, focusing on the key areas of: behaviour management; pedagogy; classroom practice; subject knowledge; assessment and questioning; and professional development. It underpins a new statutory entitlement to receive two years of high quality training and in-school mentor support. 

What the ECF entitlement includes

  • Two years of new, funded, high quality training available either as a Full Induction Programme (FIP), Core Induction Programme (CIP) or School-based Induction Programme.
  • Funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year.
  • A dedicated mentor, with support for these mentors including access to high quality training.
  • Funding to cover mentors' time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.
  • The ECF is not an assessment tool, as ECT's continue to be assessed separately against the Teacher Standards overseen by Appropriate Bodies.

Potentia TSH's Early Career Programme

Potentia TSH provides the DfE Funded Induction Programme (FIP) to schools, in partnership with EDT. Potentia TSH's programme is for all ECT's in all schools, regardless of phase or type, primarily in the 6 Derbyshire Local Authority Districts of Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, North East Derbyshire and High Peak. 

Potentia TSH's programme is facilitated by teachers, leaders and educational professionals from schools and organisations within our region.

To ensure geographical accessibility and reduction in travel time, ECT's and Mentors have the option to access training close to their school or setting. We therefore provide training session in 3 different locations to support this. These locations include Buxton, Chesterfield and Belper.

If you would like to know more about our Early Career Programme from one of our ECT's or Mentors, please watch the videos below.


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The ECF programme is funded by the DfE, so there are no costs to schools. This is known as the Funded Induction Programme (FIP).

In addition, schools will be funded for:

  • Time off timetable for ECT's and mentors in their second year
  • Training delivered directly to ECT's and mentors
  • Additional funding to backfill mentor time up to 36 hours

Payment will be received at the end of the second year.

Why Education Development Trust?

A high-quality, blended learning experience

Developed with schools, EDT's ECF materials provide a high-quality, evidence-informed blended learning experience for teachers and their mentors.

Each topic includes:

  • rich and relevant examples from expert practitioners,
  • accessible insights from research
  • frequent opportunities to put knowledge into practice.

The online platform giving participants access to self-study materials, videos, webinars, podcasts and blogs, and an easy way to select and book training sessions.



EDT's ECF Programme is designed in collaboration with schools and our expert partner, Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University is one of England’s largest providers of initial teacher education and is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.  Their work is embedded in practice and is delivered by working in partnership, to respond to the needs of educational employers. Everything they do is informed by broad, cutting-edge research by leading academics and expert practitioners, across many related disciplines.

EDT ECT Programme

The key features of the Potentia/EDT ECF programme for ECT's are:

  • Face-to-face and webinar sessions, exploring effective classroom practice across settings, phases and specialisms
  • Regional and local training sessions delivered in settings at either Buxton, Chesterfield or Bolsover
  • Regular mentoring sessions with a focus on learning, practising and improving
  • Opportunities for reflection and discussion through local networks

The two-year schedule for ECT's is summarised below:


EDT Mentor Programme

The key features of the Potentia/EDT ECF programme for mentors are:

  • Specialist training and support to ensure confidence in their knowledge of the ECF
  • Opportunities to learn new mentoring and coaching techniques to strengthen essential skills to use throughout their careers
  • Access to the latest pedagogical research and evidence

The two-year schedule for mentors is summarised below:


If you would like further information about the programme schedule and what content will be covered in each block during the 2 year ECF programme, please follow the link below.




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