EARLY CAREER FRAMEWORK (Including Early Career Development Programme and Appropriate Body Services from September 2021)

In September 2021, new statutory guidance relating to the induction of Early Career Teachers (ECTs, previously NQTs) came into effect entitling them to a 2 year training and support programme underpinned by the Early Career Framework (ECF).  Please click here to read an overview of the ECF and what this will mean for your school.

The ECF includes an entitlement for all ECTs in England to access high-quality professional development at the start of their career. There are 3 approaches to enable the delivery of an ECF-based induction. Schools can choose:

Option 1: a funded provider-led programme

Option 2: to deliver their own training using DfE-accredited materials and resources

Option 3: to design and deliver their own ECF-based induction

It is up to school leaders to choose the approach that best suits the needs of their early career teachers and mentors.

Best Practice Network/ConnectEd’s Early Career Development Programme

ConnectEd Partnership is working in collaboration with Best Practice Network (one of the 6 providers accredited by the DfE) as a delivery partner of the ECF Development Programme. The programme will be delivered locally and facilitated by leaders from Partnership schools.  Please click here for further information on our programme.

City of Wolverhampton Council/ConnectEd’s Appropriate Body Services

ConnectEd Partnership is working in collaboration with The City of Wolverhampton Council to offer Appropriate Body Services to all schools.  Please click here for further information on the Appropriate Body Services.

A webinar is available to download here

To download a recording of our on-line briefing – 

 Early Career Framework ‘What schools need to know’

click here

Register your ECT(s) with Best Practice Network/ConnectEd's ECT Core Induction Programme here

Click here to register your school with Best Practice Network (BPN)

N.B. Please ensure that you select ‘ConnectEd Partnership’ as your training provider when you are asked the following question:

“If you were directed here by a local Teaching School Hub, Multi-School Organisation or training provider, please select from the dropdown below”

On submission, BPN will confirm your application and send you further information.

Register your ECT(s) with City of Wolverhampton Council/ConnectEd's Appropriate Body

Appropriate Body Support Package options

Click here for details of additional charges relating to Appropriate Body fidelity checks (where relevant)

You are now ready to Register Your Early Career Teacher(s) (ECTs).  Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the Registration form.

Register your ECT(s) and mentors with the DfE

Invitations to register your ECT(s) were sent directly to schools from:


under the title of: “Department for Education: Teacher Continuing Professional Development”.

If you cannot locate this email then you can regenerate an ECT registration email by visiting:


Access the DfE portal to select your mode of delivery and your choice of provider.

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