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July ECF Blog

By 11 July 2023No Comments


Please can we remind all ECF Leads to register your Year 1 ECTs and any ECTs who may be joining your school as soon as possible. How to do this is outlined here: DOC 1 ECF July 23 Blog


Please find a message from our Teaching School Hub Director, Judith Schafer which outlines changes to the One Cumbria team. Staffing Changes


This information will be sent to all ECTs and Mentors who are registered for a September 23 start:

Year 1 induction is mandatory for all ECTs and Mentors new to the ECF. If you have mentored on the Teach First ECF programme and attended the Y1 induction previously, you do not need to attend again. However, you are more than welcome to attend if you would to refresh your understanding.

These take place in person at Rheged, Penrith on 11th and 18th September 2023. There is a virtual conference , held via Zoom on 25th September 2023. Each session delivers the same material, so you only need to attend one date.

To book a place on ONE of the sessions please use the booking links below. Joining instructions will be sent out the week prior to the event.

Agenda for Mentor Induction Conference

09.00 -09.15Arrival and registration
09.15 – 10.00Welcome and ECF Programme
10.00 – 10.45Moving from Novice to Expert
10.45– 11.00BREAK
11.00 – 12.00Instructional Coaching.
12.00 – 12.15Next steps

Improving Instruction to be delivered as Mentor seminar 1 in Autumn 1


Mentor Induction Booking form: 


Agenda for ECT Induction Conference

13.00 – 13.15Arrival and registration
13.15 – 14.00Introduction to the ECF
14.00 – 14.45Developing your expertise
14.45 – 15.00Break
15.00 – 16.00Instructional Coaching

Using Praise and Consequences to be delivered as Seminar 1 in Autumn 1


ECT Induction Booking Form


We are moving all Year 1 and Year 2 seminars and training to in-person delivery. There will be the option of some virtual sessions, but we are encouraging everyone to develop their networks and attend the in-person events.

Dates for Year 2 are being shared at the Y2 induction and are attached here: Year 2 ECT seminar flier  and Year 2 Mentor Seminar flier

Year 1 dates will be shared at induction.


Please ensure the final assessment report is submitted for approval, with the headteacher logging in and completing their comment. We are ready to sign off the vast majority of our first cohort of ECTs, (September 21 starters) and their completion letters will be sent to school, by the end of term, if assessments have been submitted by the end of June. Any late submissions will receive their completion letters in the Autumn term.


I will be checking emails intermittently over the summer break, but please be aware that this will not be as regularly as during term time.

Finally, can I thank each and every one of you for your support over the last year. I have had a fantastic year meeting and working with wonderful ECTs and Mentors, as well as yourselves.

Wishing you a very well deserved summer break and I look forward to catching up with you all again in September.

Best wishes,