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Early Career Professional Development Programme for NQTs & mentors



Early Career Professional Development Programme for 2020/2021

For NQTs and their mentors

Providing the support early career teachers need


We believe all teachers should have access to high quality professional development so that they can continue to improve at every stage of their careers. The first few years of a teacher’s career are critical, where learning opportunities, nurturing and support can make or break a career in teaching.

Developed by the Educational Development Trust with with schools and Sheffield Hallam University, the Early Career Teachers Programme, based on the Early Career Framework, provides teachers with the essential specialist support they need to improve their practice and build confidence during the two years following their Initial Teacher Training.

Brand new with funding from the Department for Education, by joining the early rollout your school will benefit from the Early Career Framework a full year before the national roll out in 2021.


As Pioneer Teaching School Alliance, we are thrilled to have been asked by the Education Development Trust to be the southern 'hub' for the Early Career Professional Development Programme, which provides a DfE fully funded learning pathway for both NQTs and their NQT mentors.  The benefits of the programme include:


  • exceptional professional development designed to meet the needs of early career teachers
  • coverage of the full range of the Early Career Framework's 'Learn that' and 'Learn how to' areas, supported by ongoing ideas for practice and opportunities for reflection
  • a focused development programme for NQT mentors
  • evidence-informed pedagogical practice improvement, supported by 50 years of experience running CPD programmes across the world, including the 'Accelerate Programme' for early career teachers launched in 2018
  • professional development aligned to the DfE's mentor and CPD standards
  • working in partnership with schools and Sheffield Hallam University, one of England's largest providers of initial teacher education


For NQTs, the programme includes:

  • one-day induction event where early career teachers (ECTs) will begin an individual Action Plan
  • regular webinars to provide opportunities for reflection and discussion
  • regular mentor training exploring content with a focus on learning, practice and reflection
  • carefully timed self-study on each of the ECF concepts
  • four face-to-face sessions with expert input from specialist organisations exploring effective classroom practice across settings, phases and specialisms.


For NQT mentors, the programme includes:

  • one-day induction event
  • 1-hour webinars to introduce and explore the focus for each half term.
  • four face-to-face sessions to develop knowledge and skills in mentoring, aligned to the Mentor Standards with input from specialist organisations.
  • regular peer-coaching sessions to discuss progress and challenges with a ‘buddy’ mentor.
  • a celebration event with ECTs to promote continued participation in professional networks and development activities.


Register now:

For more detailed information and to register now  visit the Educational Development Trust ECF website or download the brochure below:


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