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Early Career Framework - Teacher Programme

A two-year entitlement of support for teachers in their first two years of the profession to help them develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in their role.

We are proud to deliver the Early Career Framework in partnership with our delivery partner, Ambition Institute alongside Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust and Beckfoot Trust. To read about how we work in partnership for the Early Career Framework, click here.

What are the programme benefits?

In the first two years of your teaching career, you will be entitled to continued professional development alongside a supportive mentor. The Early Career Framework programme has been designed to enable early career teachers to learn content and embed this in their practice by focusing on specific steps to get better as part of a regular frequent routine.

Who is this programme suitable for?

This programme is a mandatory support package for Dixons teachers in the first two years of their career

Programme curriculum

Delivered on behalf of Ambition Institute in partnership with Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust and Beckfoot Trust, the programme underpins the DfE’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy and will cover professional development in five areas:

  • Behaviour management: routines, relationships, observations, your role as a teacher in promoting positive behaviour, and the importance of expectations and developing student motivation
  • Pedagogy: adaptive teaching, explanations and modelling, promoting deep learning and using groups to support different needs
  • Curriculum: exploring the purpose of a curriculum, helping pupils master important concepts, learning about literacy and understanding the evidence of what works
  • assessment: fundamental principles of effective assessment, planning effective marking and giving high quality feedback
  • professional behaviours: effective professional relationships, working effectively with teaching assistants, working with the SENCO, reflecting on learning

What is the commitment?

In the first 12 months of the course, you will:

Year 1 requirementWhen
complete an orientation module on StepLab, Ambition Institute’s bespoke learning platformUpon joining the programme
attend two conferences

September 202

attend three clinics

Clinic 1 - 22 November 2023

Clinic 2 - 20 March 2024

Clinic 3 - 12 June 2024

complete weekly self-study to prepare for your mentor observationsWeekly
participate in a weekly mentoring session

Weekly

In the second 12 months of the course, you will:

Year 2 requirementWhen
attend one conference

September 2024

attend three clinics

Clinic 4 - 6 December 2024

Clinic 5 - 6 June 2024

Clinic 6 - 10 July 2024

complete fortnightly self-study to prepare for your mentor observations (minimum)Fortnightly (minimum)
participate in a fortnightly mentoring sessionFortnightly (minimum)

Next steps for Dixons teachers

If you have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and work in a maintained school or academy, then you are required to work within the early career framework for the first two years of your employment. Therefore, you will be enrolled onto the programme upon joining our trust.

Teach First participants join the ECF in their first year as an ECT.

If you work part-time, or go on maternity leave, you’ll work within the early career framework for an extended time, until you have worked the equivalent of two years.