Policy paper

Early career framework

A framework of standards to help early career teachers succeed at the start of their careers.

Applies to England


Early career framework


The early career framework (ECF) sets out what early career teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers. It underpins a new entitlement for 2 years of professional development designed to help early career teachers develop their practice, knowledge and working habits.

The Department for Education published interim research which evaluated the national rollout of the ECF induction programme in May 2022.

Published 28 January 2019
Last updated 29 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to interim research on the ECF induction programme.

  2. Document updated to update 1 reference to the latest edition of text: 'Alexander R.J. (2020) A Dialogic Teaching Companion, London: Routledge'.

  3. First published.