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We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver our induction programme, Early Career Teachers. This Department for Education-funded programme is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of early career teachers. 

Those doing the training will learn:

  • The content of the early career framework, including behaviour, instruction, curriculum assessment and self-regulation
  • What effective teaching looks like, putting them on the path to becoming an expert in teaching
  • How to keep getting better, so they can continue to improve in their careers.

Benefits to your school include:

  • Improved wellbeing and job satisfaction of ECTs
  • Attract and retain staff
  • A two-year package of support

Why this programme?

With retention an issue across the education sector, investment in teachers’ development has never been more important, especially for those who are just starting out. This brand new, Department for Education-funded programme builds on the thinking behind the Early Career Framework to help educators early in their careers develop expertise, and improve wellbeing and job satisfaction.

You can download Ambition Institute’s Expert Edit for more information.

publication now for more information about the Early Career Framework and how our Early Career Teachers programme can support your ECTs.

Retain your staff

Provide the quality professional development and mentoring that new teachers need to consolidate and become effective and satisfied in their roles, and stay in the profession.

Cutting edge insight

Give your early career teachers and mentors access to the best available evidence, alongside internationally-recognised effective practice from around the world. 


The Early Career Teachers programme is a blended learning experience. It provides teachers and their mentors with high quality, evidence-informed training and materials, alongside scaffolding to ensure effective mentoring.

What participants learn:

  • All the ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ content of the Early Career Framework, including behaviour, instruction, curriculum, assessment and self-regulation.
  • What effective teaching looks like, through specific examples and explanations of how and why this practice works. This will help early career teachers develop expertise in teaching
  • How to keep getting better, so they can continue to improve and thrive during their career.

How participants learn:

  • A carefully designed combination of face-to-face training, virtual peer-learning groups, expert-led webinars and weekly video tutorials. These all sit alongside support for effective mentoring.
  • All content is designed and delivered by experts in teacher education, drawing upon the best available evidence in how teachers learn.
  • Programme components have been designed intentionally to fit with the demands of schools and the busy lives of teachers. This keeps travel and cover requirements to a minimum, and provides online learning that can be undertaken at any time, in any place, on any device.

Precise programme content will evolve as the evidence base develops.


“The Early Career Framework and the opportunities it provides to new teachers is a game changer for the sector. We're really excited to be part of the team delivering this new entitlement for Early Career Teachers and their mentors.”

Marie Hamer, Design and Teaching, Executive Director Learning, Ambition Institute

"I have had the pleasure of being an Early Career Teacher this year and am really impressed by the comprehensive programme of support that is in place for both the mentors and the early career teachers. Initially, I didn’t really understand the difference between mentoring and instructional coaching and thought they were the same thing, but I now realise how wrong I was. Where has instructional coaching been for all my career! The weekly action steps are so focused that you cannot help but be successful and I have noticed that I am not only supporting my teacher with becoming an excellent practitioner but I am also reflecting on and improving my own classroom practise.”

Mentor on the Early Career Programme, The Arbours Primary Academy.

“Having mentored NQTs over many years, I have found that this programme has really added extra structure and targeted focus to the process.  The coaching sessions are beneficial both for the teacher, who is able to see a clear model of the expectation, practise and hone the approach before using it in the classroom, and for the mentor who gets the opportunity to share good practice in a structured and purposeful way while also learning and improving own practice”

Mentor on the Early Career programme, The Welton Primary Academy.

“I have found the overall programme extremely useful, especially the step-by-step guidance for each mentor meeting. It is useful having various options to choose from as a focus for the coming week - all under the same umbrella, but with small deviations so that the one which is most applicable to your situation can be chosen. The opportunity to rehearse and/or watch my mentor demonstrate a process is also valuable because it gives you an opportunity to iron out any creases before you are in front of the class, doing it for real.”

Early Career Teacher at Barnes Wallis Academy

“The programme allows me the opportunity to work alongside a dedicated, professional teacher/mentor, who shares with me her experiences and expertise with a huge range of topics. The course helps me to stay focussed, on track and in touch with my mentor. The weekly, mini modules have been helpful as I can see real life scenarios being shared and talked through by excellent teachers of all key stages. The material is relevant and always current.”

Early Career Teacher at the Welton Primary Academy


The Early Career Teachers programme is funded by the Department for Education.


Early Career Teachers are eligible for this programme.

If you would like to receive more information, or to speak to someone regarding our Early Career Teachers’ programme, please click on the button below and complete the form.

Register your ECT here

Call 01472602000 ext.1035 or email teachingschoolhub@dret.co.uk


ECTs and mentors

Course length

Two years


Department for Education-funded


ECT induction checklist