February ECF Blog
As signs of Spring begin to appear and the half term break too, a short blog of all things ECF for February.
What’s happening in February?
If you started your ECF in September 21 you will be working through your third development cycle.
If you started your ECF in January 22 you will be working through your first development cycle.
If you started your ECF in September 22 you will be working through your third module.
If you started your ECF in January 23 you will be working through your first module.
Feedback from Programme Members
Having the chance to speak with Mentors and ECTs alike at our in person Y2 seminars is always useful and provides us with feedback to help us to continuously improve how we deliver the ECF.
Recent feedback includes:
Protected time for Mentors is still the biggest challenge facing Mentors. However, the majority have noted that they find the framework and programme beneficial, both for the ECT and for the Mentor.
In Year 2, identifying expert teachers can be an issue, so One Cumbria is compiling a directory of schools who are happy to share practice and host visits from ECTs. This is especially needed for our small rural schools.
Mentors have expressed that if an ECT moves school, it would be good to have weekly mentor meetings built in for the first half term, even if the ECT is in their second year of the ECF. This would help with relationship building etc.
Programme members in settings that are not classed as Mainstream education are having to contextualise the ECF to a great extent. For example the ECTs that we have in Pupil Referral Units are teaching classes with no more than five students, so some of the ECF content is not relevant.
If you are a Y2 Mentor please complete the ECF directory form sent out by email and return to Tina asap. Thank you.
As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch with either Tina: