ECF induction and training: additional information for early career teachers

This guidance is for early career teachers (ECTs). It answers some common questions about your 2-year induction programme, which is based on the early career framework (ECF).

Find out how to register for your school’s ECF-based training programme, what happens during your induction, and how to get help.

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Is the ECF an assessment tool, and can I fail my training?

No, you cannot fail your ECF training - the ECF is a package of support, not an assessment tool for teachers.

You should participate in your ECF-based training programme as fully as possible, but failing to complete it will not mean you fail your induction. Completing the assignments in your training programme is one way to collect evidence that you meet the Teachers’ Standards.

Headteachers are responsible for making sure you’re assessed against the Teachers’ Standards as part of your progress reviews, and in 2 formal assessments that will take place during your induction. This assessment is separate to the ECF programme itself.

Do I have to complete ECF-based training on top of another induction programme?

No - the new ECF-based training is not an additional programme. It’s a central part of ECT induction at your school.

All ECTs are now entitled to a funded 2-year induction programme. This includes structured training and support to help you get your teaching career off to the best possible start.

Your school may choose to offer you extra training and support to meet essential specific needs, reflecting local policies and practices (on safeguarding, for example). This additional training does not replace your entitlement to the ECF-based programme.

Do I need to collect evidence during my ECF-based training?

You do not need to collect evidence based on the ECF itself.

Your induction tutor may ask you to provide evidence of meeting the Teachers’ Standards during your formal assessments. This should only consist of existing documents, for example lesson plans or feedback from observations. There’s no need for you to create anything new for a formal assessment.

What happens if I start mid-term, work part-time, or I’m serving a reduced induction?

You can start your induction at any time. Your school can choose from a number of options to make sure your ECF-based training fits your own circumstances.

If you’re serving a reduced induction period, there’s no expectation that you should cover the full depth of the ECF. Your headteacher will work with your induction tutor, appropriate body and training provider (where relevant) to ensure that training and support is appropriate for you.

What should I do if I have difficulties with my induction programme?

If you’re struggling to engage with your training, ask your induction tutor for guidance. If your school is using a training provider, you can speak to them too.

If you have any concerns about your induction or statutory entitlements (time off timetable and support from a mentor), speak to your induction tutor first. This is the person responsible for ECT induction at your school. Your statutory entitlements include:

  • 10% off timetable in the first year, and 5% off timetable in the second year to undertake activities including training and mentoring
  • a supportive, dedicated mentor
  • high-quality development materials based on the early career framework

If they’re unable to help you, speak to your appropriate body. They’re responsible for making sure ECTs receive their statutory entitlements, and are fairly and consistently assessed. Your school should provide you with contact details for the right person to speak to.

How do I register with the DfE’s service?

When your school’s induction tutor tells DfE you’ll be training with them, you’ll get an email asking you to register with the DfE.

This is a DfE-funded programme, so we need to confirm everyone who takes part is eligible. We do this by checking your details in the Teaching Regulation Agency records.

You’ll use our online service to provide us with your information. We need this in addition to any details you’ve given to a training provider. It should only take 5 minutes.

How to give us your information

  1. Visit our service:
  2. Sign in using the email address your school has registered for you. Be careful to enter it correctly with no spaces.
  3. If you do not receive an email from the DfE when you sign in, check your spam or junk folder.
  4. Once you’re signed in you’ll be asked to enter your:
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • teacher reference number (TRN) or National Insurance number

How to find your TRN

Your TRN is a unique ID that you can usually find on your payslip, teachers’ pension documents or teacher training records.

It’s usually 7 digits long, may include the letters ‘RP’ or a slash ‘/’ symbol, or could be called a QTS, GTC, DfE, DfES or DCSF number.

What happens next

We’ll check your details with the Teaching Regulation Agency to confirm your eligibility for funding.

You can then start or continue your training programme.

How to give feedback

The DfE and training providers are committed to maximising the impact of the ECF reforms. We welcome any feedback on the programmes, including ECT engagement. You can share this directly with your training provider, or email the DfE: