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The Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework sets out what early career teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers. It underpins an entitlement to two years of practice, knowledge and working habits.

The ECF covers five core areas: behaviour management; pedagogy; curriculum; assessment; professional behaviours. It builds on the Core Framework for Initial Teacher Training and the content is presented in a similar format with eight sections based on the Teachers’ Standards.

The ‘learn how to…’ statements are different in the ECF, reflecting what is expected of teachers post QTS. However the ECF is not, and should not be used as, an assessment framework: early career teachers will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards only.

Schools can choose to design their own ECF-based training to provide induction, use a DfE approved, provider-led training programme or draw on the content of one of the core programmes commissioned by the DfE. These curricula and the training materials for induction will be provided for you free through your school.

The core induction programmes have been designed for teachers of all subjects, so to support secondary geography ECTs the GA has developed geography specific materials which exemplify each module of the Early Career Framework. The links to each section of the framework are shown in Learning to teach secondary geography.

For primary teachers see Primary geography-specific content for the Early Career Framework.