Government extends early career framework provision


An additional 3,000 new teachers are to benefit from the early career framework after the government opted to extend its initial roll-out.

The original scheme will run from this autumn and will see 2,000 new staff given extra training and mentoring for their first two years after qualifying as teachers.

It will aid schools in the north-east of England, as well as in Bradford, Doncaster and Greater Manchester, with institutions receiving £2,200 per teacher to cover time when they are out of the classroom.

However, in a move to counter some of the lost training time caused as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the government is extending the scheme to a further 3,000 teachers.

Roughly one-fifth of the newly-qualified teacher workforce will be eligible for the support, which has also seen its funding boosted by £6.6 million.

Initially, £4.4 million was set aside for the roll-out, with the additional funding bringing the total available to £11 million.

Driving up school standards

According to schools minister Nick Gibb, the early career framework is “at the heart of this government’s drive to raise school standards”.

He explained that all staff entering the profession will “receive high-quality training based on the best available research and evidence” which should help to boost teacher retention.

Mr Gibb also suggested that the training and mentorship will help teachers to be better prepared for the challenges they may face in the classroom, enabling them to provide a better quality education overall.

The Education Career Framework is designed to aid the professional development of all new teachers as they look to begin their careers in the classroom over two years.

They are expected to spend 5% of their time away from the classroom, which is covered by government funding during the second year.

Four providers are expected to deliver the support, including Teach First, the Ambition Institute, the Education Development Trust and the UCL Early Career Teacher Consortium.

Forming part of the teacher recruitment and retention strategy, the scheme will ultimately be rolled out for all trainees in England from September 2021.

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