ECF OLD - April 2022

To register ECTs for the Saffron Teaching School Hub ECF programme for 2022-23

The DfE and Education Development Trust (EDT) are not accepting September 2022 new Early Career Teacher (ECT) registrations until 18th May 2022. 

In the meantime, schools should complete the Saffron TS Hub 'Expression of Interest' form.

Click on the button below to complete this form:

After 18th May 2022, registering your ECT for the ECF programme is a two-step process. Both of the steps below need to be completed in order to ensure that your ECT is registered on the ECF programme:

Step 1

Register with Education Development Trust - link here

Please note: registration for September 2022 is only active after 18th May

Step 2

Register with the DfE Online Service - link here 

Please note: registration for September 2022 is only active after 18th May

You will also need to register your ECT with an Appropriate Body (AB). This is a separate step in the process. 

To register with an AB, click on one of the links below:

Introduction to the Early Career Framework (ECF)

The ECF sets out what ECTs are entitled to learn about and what they should learn how to do when they start their careers, focusing on the key areas of: behaviour management; pedagogy; classroom practice; subject knowledge; assessment and questioning; and professional development. It underpins a new statutory entitlement to receive two years of high quality training and in-school mentor support. 

This entitlement includes:

  • Two years of new, funded, high quality training available either as a Full Induction Programme (FIP), Core Induction Programme (CIP) or School-based Induction Programme.
  • Funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year.
  • A dedicated mentor, with support for these mentors including access to high quality training.
  • Funding to cover mentors' time with the mentee in the second year of teaching.
  • The ECF is not an assessment tool, as ECTs continue to be assessed separately against the Teacher Standards overseen by Appropriate Bodies.

The Saffron TS Hub ECF programme

Saffron TS Hub provides the DfE Funded Induction Programme (FIP) to schools, in partnership with EDT. The Saffron TS Hub FIP is for all ECTs in all schools, regardless of phase or type, primarily in the five Essex Local Authority Districts of Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford.

The Saffron TS Hub programme is delivered by a team of expert facilitators from across the whole Hub area to ensure we can tailor delivery to local context.


The Saffron/EDT ECF programme is funded by the DfE so there are no costs to schools. This is known as the Funded Induction Programme (FIP).

In addition, schools will be funded for:

  • Time off timetable for ECTs and mentors in their second year
  • Training delivered directly to ECTs and mentors
  • Additional funding to back fill mentor time up to 36 hours

Payment will be received at the end of the second year. Schools will receive:

  • Per Early Career Teacher: £1,200 (£1,300 for Fringe areas)
  • Per mentor: £900

Why Education Development Trust?

The Education Development Trust (EDT) ECF programme develops a constructive developmental relationship with ECTs, using the principles of instructional coaching that also harness teachers' own experience and expertise.

To date, instructional coaching has a stronger evidence base for its impact on pupil outcomes that any other form of CPD (Sims, 2019). Mentors are trained in the principles of instructional coaching to help ECTs identify not only what needs to improve, but precisely how. This structured cycle of identify - learn - improve underpins all mentor/ECT guidance in the EDT ECF programme.

However, the EDT ECF programme also offers flexibility to include dialogic and facilitative coaching, avoiding a dogmatic insistence on instructional coaching which alienates mentors, so that they don't feel frustrated and disempowered by the lack of room to use their professional judgement. The flexibility of the EDT ECF programme opens up space intellectually and practically for mentors to tailor their approach to the ECT, working with them on a daily and weekly basis. This combination of coaching practices provides a rich and flexible model for mentoring ECTs in the first year of teaching.

Key features of the Saffron/EDT ECF programme - for Early Career Teachers

The key features of the Saffron/EDT ECF programme for ECTs are:

  • Face-to-face and webinar sessions, exploring effective classroom practice across settings, phases and specialisms
  • Regional and local training sessions delivered in schools across Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford
  • Regular mentoring sessions with a focus on learning, practising and improving
  • Opportunities for reflection and discussion through local networks

The two-year schedule for ECTs is summarised below:

Key features of the Saffron/EDT ECF programme - for mentors

The key features of the Saffron/EDT ECF programme for mentors are:

  • Specialist training and support to ensure confidence in their knowledge of the ECF
  • Opportunities to learn new mentoring and coaching techniques to strengthen essential skills to use throughout their careers
  • Access to the latest pedagogical research and evidence

The two-year schedule for mentors is summarised below:

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Saffron/EDT ECF programme, contact our ECF Lead Angela Cass.