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Early Career Framework

Every Early Career Teacher (ECT) is entitled to a structured programme of support and development based on the Early Career Framework (ECF). This is a statutory requirement that schools must meet. One Cumbria are delivering the Teach First Full Induction Programme to schools across our county. This programme is free to maintained schools and academies.

Teach First provide a DfE approved, high quality training programme, designed by experts, supported by research-based evidence and quality assured.

Each ECT is supported by a school-based mentor. Each Early Career Mentor (ECM)  receives focused training and support to develop their skills in instructional coaching and effective mentoring.  Locally based programme facilitators, drawn from the experienced and expert practitioners and leaders in our schools, ensure the programme is responsive to local needs and contexts – as we know, the Cumbrian educational system is eclectic and diverse, and our programme recognises and reacts to this.

Working together, our aim is simple – we will support our schools to develop and retain aspiring new teachers to help all our children achieve.

Click this link to view the Early Career Framework brochure

Click this link to view the ECF Lead Induction

Click this link to view our curriculum overview on a page

Click this link to view the ECF Programme adjustments for part-time ECTs PowerPoint

Click this link to view the ECF Programme adjustment agreement

Click this link to view the ECF Funding Brief

Working together we will:

  • Provide a sequenced two-year development programme, with funded training delivered direct to ECTs.
  • Provide self-directed study material for all ECTs.
  • Provide funded training direct to mentors, including materials to support mentor sessions that will reduce mentor workload.
  • Set up networking events and bespoke support and solutions for small and rural schools.
  • As an Appropriate Body, act as a single point of contact for ECF and AB services.
  • Provide effective communication from our team – we understand our schools and Cumbrian contexts.
  • Deliver enhanced provision added to the Teach First programme from colleagues that represent the range of educational institutions in our county.

Deliver enhanced provision added to the Teach First programme from colleagues that represent the range of educational institutions in our county.

Teach First Ofsted Inspection of Early Career Framework

The One Cumbria team is delighted that the Teach First ECF programme has been rated “Outstanding” in all areas.

Teach First are especially pleased that the inspectors noted the strong focus on the most disadvantaged pupils runs through all aspects of the programme – Teach First “leaders place tackling disadvantage at the heart of the decisions they make about key aspects of training.”

Other highlights from the report include the programme’s quality – “ECTs receive expertly designed training that is calibrated exceptionally well to meet their needs” and how it trains mentors to support their ECT effectively: “What mentors learn on their training programme is well attuned to what ECTs cover. The training enables mentors to reflect on the ECF and their own professional experiences to craft discussions with ECTs.”

The full report will be published in the next few days on the Ofsted website.

Over and above the outcome, what we are most proud of is the impact that the ECF programme is having on the teachers working in schools serving the children most in need. Thank you for your continuing commitment to working with us on the ECF programme. Together we can make a real difference in helping all young people achieve their potential.


To register an interest, or if you have any questions about the ECF and One Cumbria and Teach First’s provision, please contact us at and we will be pleased to help.

Guidance for schools using DfE registration service 2024

DfE Portal Video Walk Through: Registering your school, Induction Tutor and Early Career Teachers