Early Career Teachers

This new, DfE-funded programme builds on the thinking behind the Early Career Framework and is designed to help early career teachers develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in their roles.

  • Improve wellbeing and job satisfaction of early career teachers
  • Two-year induction training package, aligned with the Early Career Framework
  • Attract and retain teachers at the start of their careers, so they can better support pupils

Why us?

Our carefully sequenced and evidence-based curriculum for teachers and mentors focuses on how teachers learn as well as what they learn. We use instructional coaching, one of the best-evidenced forms of professional development, meaning your early career teachers will benefit from bite-sized content and tailored, observational feedback to keep getting better over time. Participants will also benefit from our innovative Steplab platform, designed by teachers, for teachers and accessible and available on-the-go to fit around their busy lives.

We’ve been perfecting our programme for early career teachers since our early pilot in 2020, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. We used what we learned to further develop our programme offer for schools across England.

You can download our free Expert Edit publication now for more information about the Early Career Framework and how our Early Career Teachers programme can support your NQTs.

Benefits for your school

  • Attract and retain staff – Provide quality professional development for new teachers, encouraging them to stay in the profession.
  • Tried and tested support – Access training materials for teachers and mentors that have developed and improved since our involvement in Education Endowment Fund pilot in 2019.
  • Evidence-based – Ensure teachers at the start of their career have access to evidence-based training and development.
  • Be prepared – This funded programme will equip you to deliver the new two-year statutory inductions starting this September. 

Benefits for your early career teachers and mentors

  • Tackle challenges – support with typical problems faced by early career teachers.
  • Flexible learning – access to our flexible Steplab platform.
  • Develop their practice – support teachers at the start of their careers to keep getting better.

Curriculum

Each term participants will focus on a different strand of effective practice: behaviour, instruction and subject. They will also develop understanding of how pupils learn.

The key learning from the three strands is outlined below:

What they'll learn

Behaviour

  • Using routines to support behaviour management.
  • Creating a positive learning environment.
  • Support with overcoming low-level disruption.

Instruction

  • Supporting pupils through instruction based strategies such as questioning, scaffolding and explicit teaching.
  • How to adapt teaching style to work for all pupils.
  • The importance that prior knowledge plays learning.
  • How to use feedback effectively.

Subject

  • Creating good habits of planning to support learning goals.
  • Strategies for examining and addressing the gaps and misconceptions pupils may have.
  • Considering how literacy can be developed across all subjects.

How they'll learn

  • 3 full-day conferences (focused on deepening their understanding of how pupils learn, the principles of responsive teaching, and effective implementation).
  • 6 one-hour virtual clinics to support early career teachers with strategies for classroom practice, based on their study materials and key areas from Early Career Framework.
  • Weekly modules of online learning. Self-study modules help early career teachers engage with the latest research and ideas for practical classroom implementation in a manageable and accessible way.
  • Weekly instructional coaching sessions designed to support early career teachers to apply insights from the study materials into their classroom practice. Mentors will provide teachers with a specific, bite-sized action step to practice each week that responds to their own classroom context and practice.

Cost

The Early Career Teachers programme is funded by the Department for Education.

Apply

Want to join our ECT programme?

Identify your local delivery partner from our helpful map here and contact them directly to establish that you’ll be working together.

Once you’ve confirmed your relationship with your local delivery partner, head over to the DfE Registration Portal and add your ECTs and mentors at this link. Make sure you have their school email addresses, full names and Teacher Reference Numbers (TRNs) to hand.

Select that you are choosing to work with Ambition Institute as your training provider.

Once registered on the DfE Portal your ECTs and mentors will receive more information and next steps from Ambition Institute. (Please note that registration informati on will not be passed to us until the individual’s TRN and date of birth have been added to the DfE Registration Portal).

Can’t find a local delivery partner?

Your induction coordinator just needs to complete our Expression of Interest form at this link and a member of our team will be in touch with more information regarding our central cohort.

Already working with us?

Contact your Early Career Teacher delivery partner to let them know you want to continue your relationship. Once confirmed, head over to the DfE Registration Portal and add your ECTs and mentors at this link.

Once registered on the DfE Portal your ECTs and mentors will receive more information and next steps from Ambition Institute. (Please note that registration informati on will not be passed to us until the individual’s TRN and date of birth have been added to the DfE Registration Portal).

Interested in the programme?