If you have one mentor that has an hour meeting with two ECTs, you would receive the funding for your two ECTs and your one mentor. If your 1 mentor has one hour with one ECT and one hour with another ECT then you will receive the funding as if it was two mentors because they are spending twice the one-to-one time.
You can only claim for one lot of training per mentor but on top of this you can then claim for the amount of time each mentor spends in mentor sessions with ECTs.
Do schools have to commit to an ECT for 2 years, for example, we may have appointed an NQT for one year for a maternity cover or temporary post. Can this happen or must it be two years?
There is no requirement to take somebody on for two years and there is a process that all of the lead providers have in place should an ECT wish to move school because that that will happen.
Somebody might stay in a school for the first two years, but we're well aware that it does happen that they will move schools and we will work with you and with the other lead provider and the delivery partner to make sure that the transition for the ECT is really smooth. If they want to move after year one that’s fine and we can facilitate that.
Where would the face to face events be held?
We have an extensive delivery network covering much of England. Our delivery network consists of Teaching School Hubs, MATs and schools groups.
If you as a group of schools want to sign up with us or if you as an individual schoolwant to sign up to us we will find a delivery partner and a network local to you - we do not want somebody travelling 50 to 100 miles.
We accept that there will be some small rural schools where there could be some difficulty but we will do our best to minimise the travel for both mentors and ECTs and find the closest delivery place for you to attend the training.
Will the times of the conferences be flexible, we will have 4 ECTs in a smallish school and cannot release all of our ECTs at the same time.
For the mentor induction conferences, there will be one in June, one in July and one in September. All conferences will be recorded so that people can listen to the recording if they are unable to attend. Regarding the ECT conference, we are looking to hold regional conferences so there will be a range of different times and different days that people can attend.
How does this differ from us using the county NQT induction programme for CPD etc?
Our programme is structured around the ECF framework and lasts 2 years with structured mentor meetings. The training is very different, the framework is different because the ITT framework has been revised. Our programme builds on, enhances and goes further than other induction programmes.
What happens to staff on 40% or 60% timetables in their first year?
All teachers, when they start their career, will be eligible for the ECF. We have a structured programme for people who are part-time. If someone is under 40% timetable they may find it difficult to complete it all within 2 years but our aim is to ensure the first five modules are covered fully and flexibility in delivery will be offered to part-time ECTs.
If you commit to one method of delivery: eg one of the online Full Induction Programmes and subsequently decide to change mode of delivery eg School Led, can you do so mid cycle? Who do you have to inform if you do so?
As a lead provider, we have partnership agreements, we don’t have contracts. We have never had anyone pull out of a partnership agreement for any of our other programmes but if you did decide as a school that you wanted the full induction programme and then you changed your mind, we would then work with yourselves and the DfE in regards to funding received.
Will face to face training and conferences always take place on the same day each week? This would help schools to plan cover.
If you are in a group of schools and wanted to ensure that your training took place at a certain time then we can ensure that that happens. If you are an individual school working with one of our delivery partners then we will do our best to host events at the most convenient time for all attendees.
It looks like a very high demand on time for mentors - what non-contact time are they expected to have? And how will this be covered financially as the previously mentioned funding wouldn't be enough to cover this.
There are 36 hours of facilitated training for mentors which is funded/backfilled, although the DfE has yet to confirm the exact amount that will be paid. There is then 59 hours of mentor meetings (over the 2 years) which is a rounded cost of between £900 and £1100 depending on area.
Other webinars I have attended have suggested that the only way to sign up to a lead provider is via a Teaching School Hub - is this correct? This would mean that we are compelled to work with the lead provider selected by our local TSH.
The DfE is in favour of schools having their own choice. If a school doesn’t want to work with their own Teaching School Hub and would like to choose its own lead provider or work with a different schools group then that’s fine. It is up to the individual school to enrol in the DfE Portal (when it opens). If a school registers with us then we can go into the portal and identify that school as wanting to work with us as its lead provider.
What exactly does the funding cover?From September 2021, the government is funding entitlement for all early career teachers in England to access high-quality professional development at the start of their career. New teachers will now receive development support and training over 2 years instead of one. The offer for early career teachers includes:
- 2 years of new, funded, high-quality training
- freely available high-quality development materials based on the early career framework
- additional funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year
- a dedicated mentor and support for these mentors
- funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching
Where can I find further details about what induction might include?
An overview of the changes to induction is available here, with full guidance to be published later this spring.
Who will be completing the induction sign off?
The Appropriate Body makes the final decision as to whether an Early Career Teacher’s performance is satisfactory against the Teachers’ Standards. In doing this, the Appropriate Body would draw on the recommendation of the headteacher/principal.
Is there a minimum requirement of CPD that NQTs must complete to pass induction?
The length of induction is being increased from one to two years. Judgements on whether an Early Career Teacher has successfully completed induction will continue to be made against the Teachers’ Standards and not against the ECF. Early Career Teachers will be entitled to 10% time-off timetable in year 1 and 5% time-off timetable in year 2 to complete induction activities.
What is meant by FIPs and CIPs?
FIP stands for Full Induction Programme and CIP stands for Core Induction Programme. More information on the Core and Full Induction Programmes is available here.
What is a 'Lead Provider’?
A ‘Lead Provider’ is a Provider who has been contracted by the DfE to deliver the National Roll-out of the ECF. There are six Lead Providers in total who will work with Delivery Partners to deliver the programme on a national scale. The Lead Providers are:
• Ambition Institute
• Best Practice Network
• Education Development Trust
• Teach First
• UCL Institute of Education
Can you explain the rationale behind the decision to make the ECF a two-year process?
In a 2017 consultation on ‘Strengthening QTS and Improving Career Progression’, the DfE asked about how they could best support teachers at the start of their careers. The response was clear: there was more they could do to ensure Early Career Teachers experience a high quality, supportive induction.
They worked closely with the sector throughout the consultation process which included conducting user research with Early Career Teachers, Mentors and school leaders.
If schools find a programme is not working for their NQTs, do they have to remain with their existing provider?
If a school has any concerns about the delivery of the programme, they should raise this with either the Lead Provider or the Delivery Partner responsible for delivery.
The DfE expects participants that start on a programme to finish the programme they have started. However, for new cohorts of Early Career Teachers, schools can change from their existing provider.
Do Mentors lead the instructional coaching with Early Career Teachers?
The DfE expects Mentors to be involved in instructional coaching and will provide further details of the expectations around Mentor roles and responsibilities this spring.
Will there be some new guidance on the expectations and roles of the Appropriate Bodies?
Appropriate Bodies will play a central role in ensuring headteachers put in place a suitable ECF-based programme of support and training.
The DfE will publish more information including guidance for Appropriate Bodies in the spring.
After the first cycle of the ECF will the same Mentors be enrolled on the programme for future Early Career Teachers from September 2023?
Mentoring is a very important element of the induction process and it is the school's responsibility to ensure an appropriate Mentor is in place to provide support to effectively meet the needs of every Early Career Teacher.
High quality support will be available to Mentors, and funding will be provided to cover Mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.
Funding will be provided to cover time-off timetable for Mentors who are being trained. This will total 36 hours over two years (10% time-off timetable in year 1 and 5% time-off timetable in year 2).
Will NQTs be using their 10% NQT time to engage in these programmes, as a lot of them look like the work involved is above the 10% NQT time?
The DfE has designed this programme to ensure that the strengthened induction will not add to the workload of Early Career Teachers.
In addition to the 10% time away from the classroom in their first year of induction, teachers will be entitled to 5% time away from the classroom in their second year of induction.
It should be possible for the programme to be completed entirely in their time-off timetable.
How will it be ensured that all selected Mentors are sufficiently experienced, high quality classroom practitioners?
The headteacher should identify a teacher to act as the Early Career Teacher’s Mentor, to provide regular mentoring. The Mentor is expected to hold QTS and have the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully in this role. The headteacher is responsible for ensuring that the Mentor has the ability and sufficient time to carry out their role effectively.
If a school commits to one Lead Provider, how long are they committed for?
Schools will make their own arrangements with Lead Providers, however, the DfE expects the minimum commitment for one cohort of Early Career Teachers to be for two academic years in line with the extended induction period.
The DfE expects participants that start on a programme to finish the programme that they have started. However, for new cohorts of Early Career Teachers, schools can change from their existing provider.
What is the difference between a Mentor and an 'ECF Lead' as mentioned in the core programme materials?
The ECF Lead (or Induction Tutor) is expected to regularly review the Early Career Teacher’s progress against the Teachers’ Standards throughout the induction period, as well as providing support to the Early Career Teacher. The Induction Tutor role will be defined in more detail in the statutory guidance to be published this spring. This is a different role to that of the Mentor, who will provide dedicated one-to-one mentoring sessions with the Early Career Teacher throughout the induction period.
Is there any further support for present NQTs in year one (this year) included in the ECF?
Early Career Teachers who have begun induction before September 2021 should finish a one-year induction period, under present arrangements.
Where possible, schools can extend Core Induction Programme based training to these teachers. Schools and Early Career Teachers can use, or draw upon, any of the four Core Induction Programmes published here.
Is there any direct funding in relation to the 36 hours of Mentor training?
There is additional funding for schools to backfill Mentor time spent undertaking the 36 hours of Mentor training on the Full Induction Programme. This is in addition to the funding for Mentors to spend time with the Early Career Teacher in their second year of induction. Time-off timetable for Mentors amounts to 10% time-off timetable in year 1 and 5% time-off timetable in year 2.
Do schools pay any fee for taking part in the ECF?
No state funded school in England should pay a fee for participating in the ECF.
Can you provide a breakdown of funding for the ECF? For example, the amount of funding for ‘Part A’ and ‘Part B’?
Year 1 funding is currently funded, as all schools receive funding for an Early Career Teacher’s first year as part of the National Funding Formula.
Year 2 funding is dependent on which programme the school decides to take, and where the school is located. All programmes receive the combined ECT time-off timetable and mentoring hours which will amount to approximately £2,100-£2,600 per Early Career Teacher (figure dependent on location).
Backfill Mentor training payments will be made for schools participating in a provider programme. This funding will pay for the Mentor time-off timetable for 36 hours over two years in order for the Mentors to attend their Mentor training courses.
Are the funding rates for Delivery Partners consistent across the providers?
Funding arrangements are to be agreed between Lead Providers and Delivery Partners as they are dependent on a number of factors, e.g. the exact role of the Delivery Partner in that delivery partnership.
Will schools still get the additional funding for Early Career Teachers’ and Mentors’ training if they decide to develop their own training or develop their own, more bespoke, training in collaboration with other schools/providers?
Yes, the Early Career Teacher 5% time-off timetable, and Mentor time-off timetable in the second year is funded whichever route you choose to take.
The Mentor training payments, however, are only paid for Mentor training of FIP participants.
If a school decides to develop their own induction programme, do they still receive the same £2100 funding?
Yes, and this funding ranges based on the location of the school, so will range from £2,100 - £2,600.
Can universities and local authorities be ECF Delivery Partners?
Yes, any interested education training provider can become a Delivery Partner.
Will schools be able to choose any of the 6 approved providers or only choose from a shorter list that have a call off contract in a particular area?
Schools will be able to review the support that is available and choose a provider that is delivering within their local area that they wish to work with.
How is it intended that these providers will work with newly designated Teaching School Hubs who have to roll out the ECF as a core responsibility?
It is expected that Lead Providers will deliver their service in partnership with high-quality organisations (Delivery Partners) including Teaching School Hubs.