Early Career Framework

Early Career Framework

Registering ECTs on the Saffron Teaching School Hub Early Career PD programme


1) Registering new ECTs 

Below are the three steps schools need to take to register new ECTs on the Saffron TS Hub Early Career Professional Development Programme (ECPDP). Expand the headings below for full details of each step.

Step 1: Register with Education Development Trust

If you have not previously been registered with Education Development Trust (EDT), you need to register your ECTs for September 2022 on the EDT website, choosing Saffron Teaching School Hub as your Delivery Partner.

Click on the link here to do this: Education Development Trust - register ECTs

Please note: if you are already registered with EDT for existing ECTs, you can skip this step and start with step 2.

Step 2: Register on the DfE Online Service 

The DfE Online service can be accessed at the link below:

DfE Online Service - manage training for ECTs

There are two options for completing the registration process.

Option 1: If you currently have an ECT with EDT and are already registered with the DfE Online Service, you need to:

  • Confirm that you do not wish to change your current training provider (see image below)
  • Enter the names, DOBs, TRNs and email addresses of your ECTs and mentors

Option 2: If you are registering an ECT on the DfE Online Service for the first time:

  • The Headteacher will have received a link to the Online Service, with login details, from the DfE
  • The Headteacher will need to log in and nominate an Induction Tutor
  • The Induction Tutor will then receive their own link to the Online Service, with login details, from the DfE

The Induction Tutor then needs to do the following:

  • Before logging in to the DfE Online Service, check that step 1 (above) has been completed
  • Log in to the DfE Online Service
  • Choose the Funded Induction Programme (FIP)
  • Enter the names, DOBs, TRNs and email addresses of the school's ECTs and mentors
  • You do not need to let the DfE know which Lead Provider you choose - Education Development Trust will let the DfE know when you have registered on their website (step 1 above).

Step 3: Register with an Appropriate Body

This is a separate stage from registration on the DfE Online Service for the Early Career Programme. 

Headteachers and/or Induction Tutors will need to contact the Appropriate Body (AB) directly to register their ECTs.

Within the Saffron TS Hub area there are three ABs: 

  • Saffron AB Service
  • Essex LA
  • TES Global

Details of each of these ABs can be found here.


2) Transferring current ECTs to Education Development Trust from another Lead Provider

If you need to transfer a current ECT to Education Development Trust (EDT) from another Lead Provider, expand the headings below to find out what you need to do.

A. Transferring to EDT with no change of school for the ECT

In this case, you need to complete the following steps.

  • Inform your current Lead Provider that you are withdrawing from their programme
  • Your current Lead Provider will inform the DfE
  • The DfE will then confirm with your school by email that the withdrawal is complete
  • Contact EDT to register, following this link
  • EDT will contact DfE to complete the process

B. Transferring to EDT when the ECT is moving to your school

This is one of the steps on the DfE Online Service as part of adding an ECT.

Log in to the DfE Online Service ahd choose the option to add 'a teacher transferring from another school where they've started ECF-based training or mentoring': 

If you select this option, DfE will manage the withdrawal process.

You will still need to register with EDT, following this link.


New to Early Career Induction?

If you did not have an ECT last year, you may find this presentation useful:

Saffron TS Hub Early Career Induction - briefing for schools

If you need further assistance, please contact our ECF Lead Angela Cass on acass@efspt.org or 07793 555315.  

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 at acass@efspt.org or 07793 555315.  

Early Career PD Programme Facilitator Recruitment

Are you interested in becoming a facilitator on our Early Career PD programme? For further information and details of the application process, click on the link below:

Early Career PD Programme Facilitator