Key Terms

ECF – Early Career Framework – sets out what Early Career Teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers.

ECT – Early Career Teacher – trainee teachers undergoing a 2-year professional development programme designed to focus on practice, knowledge and working habits.

FIP – Full Induction Programme (see below)

CIP – Core Induction Programme (see below)



What is the difference between the Core Induction Programme (CIP) and the Full Induction Programme (FIP)?

ECT Year 1 Core Induction Programme

Self-study sessions

22 hours

Weekly mentor meeting

39 hours (1 hour per week)

ECT Year 1 Full Induction Programme

Self-study sessions

22 hours

Weekly mentor meeting

39 hours (1 hour per week)

Annual induction conference

14th September 15:30 – 17:30 (delivered by UCL and delivery partner)

Half termly training session

2 hours (delivered by local facilitators. 2 x 20)

Half termly online learning community

1 hour (delivered by local facilitators. 2 x 20)



Mentor Year 1 Core Induction Programme

Weekly mentor meeting

39 hours (1 hour per week)

Mentor Year 1 Full Induction Programme

Weekly mentor meeting

39 hours (1 hour per week)

Annual induction conference

13th September 15:30 – 17:30 (delivered by UCL and delivery partner)

Termly online learning community

2 hours (delivered by facilitators. 2 x 20)

Structured self-study: ONSIDE mentoring

12 hours


You can find an overview of the programme here. The materials for the CIP are located here.

The ECT 2-hour training sessions will be delivered locally and a decision as to whether this training will take place face-to-face or online will also be made at local level.

An overview of when the facilitated training sessions are scheduled to take place is located here. The training sessions for the ECT and the online learning community sessions for both the ECT and Mentor will take place after school.

Where can I access to UCL materials?

If you are following the UCL core induction programme (CIP) or the full induction programme (FIP), you can access the core induction materials here. This includes the Early Career Teacher (ECT) self-guided study, mentor sessions and induction materials.

How will the ECTs be assessed?

There are two formal assessments points during the course of the 2-year induction programme. These are at the end of year 1 (term 3) and at the end of year 2 (term 6). The induction tutor will also carry out a progress review at the end of terms 1, 2, 4 and 5 and provide feedback to the AB to ensure all ECTs can receive additional support where required.

Who will be the Appropriate Body (AB) and how is the role changing?

Schools are able to continue to work with an appropriate body of their choice. The AB must inform the Teaching Regulation Agency of the induction type the school has chosen. Where schools opt for the FIP, the AB does not need to carry out fidelity checks. Where schools deliver induction through the CIP or a school-based programme, additional QA will be carried out by the AB. The AB will check that programmes have been designed and delivered with fidelity to the ECF (with sufficient breadth and depth).

What will happened to the NQT Manager system?

NQT manager will be updated to reflect the new statutory requirements and ABs will continue to use this system. It is likely that the new system will be called ECT Manager.

How are the programmes funded?

All state schools offering statutory induction will receive additional funding to deliver the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms. This includes:

  • Funding for 5% off timetable in the second year of induction for all early career teachers (additional to the 10% in the first year)
  • Funding for time for mentors to spend with early career teachers in the second year of induction

A single payment will be paid in the summer term of the second year of induction, based on the number of ECTs commenced each term in that academic year. This data will be collected through the school workforce census. If an ECT leaves the school after the first year, the new school gets the funding.

Funding for

Inner London

Outer London











Additional funding for schools using a provider-led programme (FIP) for the time mentors of early career teachers will spend on training. This will consist of 36 hours of backfill time over two years per mentor. Funding for this programme will be paid directly to schools.






For information on funding amounts/ formulas and mechanisms, please visit Early career framework reforms overview

There is no charge to schools irrespective of whether they are designing and delivering their own school-based programme or delivering the CIP or FIP.

What is the role of the induction tutor and where can I access the materials?

If you are delivering the UCL CIP or FIP, the programme handbook and the guide for induction tutors are located here.

Who are the local partners delivering the FIP ECT and mentor training?

A list of our local partners can be found on our website.

Further Questions

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]