Early Careers Framework

Find out about our Early Careers Framework (ECF)

We provide impact through innovation, making the Early Career Framework easier to manage in schools. Choosing the NIoT and Laurus Institute as your Early Career Framework (ECF) provider will ensure that your new teachers are given the expert support they need to become confident, capable classroom practitioners to:

  • make more impact in less time
  • develop lean, clean systems that make the programme run smoothly
  • respect teacher time and expertise.

Making it easier for you and your team!

The National Institute of Teaching’s ECF programme

The National Institute of Teaching’s ECF programme provides impact through innovation. We’ve had a chance to observe, listen, and learn from what’s gone before – and because we are rooted in schools, we understand the pressures that headteachers and trust leaders are under. Together, we can create an environment where educators thrive, students excel, and your school achieves its full potential.


What makes our programme different?

Focus on the mentor-ECT relationship: our programme is centralised around the mentor-ECT relationship – we know mentors are one of our best resources so we invest time in their training, respond to their training needs and ensure the programme is easy for them to manage.

Turning the theory into practice: application matters. Self study is intentionally set out in chunks of reading, alongside an activity (co-planning, observation and discussions with colleagues) so that ECTs can see their learning in action as well as gain a comprehensive understanding and functional application of the theory.

Local opportunities for peer support: local onboarding happens in person to help ECTs to start building local networks. We want to help retain well-supported colleagues and our programme provides a great opportunity for teachers to share their experiences, resources, and best practices to help each other grow and succeed in their careers.

Expert input from high profile speakers: one of the most exciting parts of the NIoT programme is the introduction of Expert National Webinars. The renowned speakers, Tom Bennett, Alex Quigley, and Kate Jones, each expert in their respective fields, impart their own experiences, knowledge and wisdom to ECTs and mentors, delivering a valuable learning experience. They offer stimulating dialogue, provoke reflection, and are a source of tremendous inspiration.

Unique wellbeing check: our teacher wellbeing model is informed by research, and takes a pulse survey of teachers and mentors when they are engaging with the programme, which gives us the opportunity to learn and adapt in real-time.