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We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) 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?

The National Institute of Teaching’s Early Career Teachers programme delivers flexible training and relevant support, to help teachers succeed right from the start.

The programme offers:

  • Personalised learning: The self-directed study materials will help ECTs learn what they need, when they need it. The curriculum builds on what’s gone before, but reduces repetition from ITT years.
  • 1:1 support: Mentors will be able to access relevant training and development to support their ECTs on their learning journey, and will support and guide their ECTs through the first two years with clear action steps.
  • Learning from others: Local networking sessions allow ECTs and mentors to solve thorny problems together, learning from others on their doorsteps.
  • Access to international experts: Unique in-depth webinars give ECTs and mentors the chance to learn from international experts on behaviour, literacy and formative assessment.


ECTs will learn:

  • How to set high expectations for students
  • How to ensure good progress
  • How to demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • How to plan and teach well-structured lessons
  • How to adapt their teaching to different contexts and for different students
  • How to make accurate and productive use of assessment
  • How to manage behaviour effectively
  • How to fulfil wider professional expectations.

How learning is facilitated:

ECTs will have weekly meetings with a designated mentor. These meetings will involve a cycle of self-study, actions, observations and deliberate practice to set specific action steps, allowing new teachers to build great habits in their teaching. More specifically, ECTs will receive a weekly 15-minute observation, with feedback from their mentor, which will allow ECTs to focus on making small, incremental, manageable improvements to their teaching practice.


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

Teachers are eligible for funding if they:

  • have obtained Qualified Teacher (QTS) status
  • started induction on or after 1 September 2021

Teachers who have obtained Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, are not required to take part in this programme and do not qualify for funding.


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