School of Education

  • Teacher education
  • Early Career Teacher Induction Programme

    The Early Career Framework (ECF) was designed to ensure early career teachers focus on learning the things that make the most difference in the classroom and their professional practice.

    Oxford Brookes with ‘Capita and the University of Birmingham’, deliver a comprehensive programme of face-to-face and online training for Early Career Teachers and their mentors. The core induction programmes include high-quality development materials, underpinned by the ECF, which will support early career teachers to develop the essential knowledge and skills to set them up for a successful and fulfilling career in teaching and support mentors in the development of coaching skills. The programme is fully funded by the DfE.

    Download the ECF training programme brochure »


    Applying for the ECF programme

    All schools must register ECTs with both an ECF Provider and Appropriate Body.


    ECF Full Induction Programme Delivery

    The ECF programme is delivered over the course of two years, through a blended learning approach. Early Career Teachers and mentors will take part in face to face, live online sessions, self-study and coaching. The components of the programme are spaced across the year with consideration to teachers' busy schedules. They are able to dip into bite-sized regular self directed learning activities and resources, flexibly in order to balance training with other commitments and pressure on their time.

    ECTs receive weekly in-school mentor coaching and observations which build on the learning of the taught and self-directed curriculum, to personalise application within their settings, building on personal strengths and areas for development. We use Instructional Coaching and Deliberate Practice as the practical methodology for mentors and ECTs.


    Programme overview

    At the beginning of term one you will register on the programme, receive an induction pack and attend an induction conference.

    Ongoing activity throughout the programme will include:

    • self directed learning
    • face-to-face training
    • peer networking.

    You will have dedicated time out to focus on your professional development in five core areas:

    1. behaviour management
    2. pedagogy
    3. curriculum
    4. assessment
    5. professional behaviours.

    You will complete the programme in term 6.


    Programme structure

  • Theme: Behaviour

    • Induction webinar (1hr) and F2F conference (1 day)
    • Clinic (1.5hr) - Meeting pupil needs
    • Clinic (1.5hr) - Challenging Behaviour
    • Weekly self-guided study (40 mins)
    • Weekly mentor meeting

    Theme: Instruction

    • F2F Clinic (1.5hr) - Parents and Carers
    • Clinic (1.5hr) - Adaptive Teaching
    • Weekly self-guided study (40 mins)
    • Weekly mentor meeting

    Theme: Subject

    • F2FClinic (1.5hr) - Well-being and workload
    • Clinic (1.5hr) - Literacy (reading)
    • Weekly self-guided study (40 mins)
    • Weekly mentor meeting
    • OR Joint f2f Conference: Wellbeing and introducing change (1 day)
    • Clinic 7 (1.5 hrs) Pupil Wellbeing
    • Clinic 8 (1.5 hrs) Implementing change (1)
    • Fortnightly mentor meeting (including 15 min observation, 45 min reflection and coaching)
    • Fortnightly self-guided study (15 mins) revisiting development areas
    • Clinic 11 (1.5 hrs) Literacy (writing) Optional window
    • Clinic 9 (1.5 hrs) Support and intervention
    • Clinic 10 (1.5 hrs) Implementing change (2)
    • Fortnightly mentor meeting (including 15 min observation, 45 min reflection and coaching)
    • Fortnightly self-guided study (15 mins) revisiting development areas
    • OR DPs can choose to retain the half termly pattern F2F Clinic (1.5 hrs), Well-being and workload Clinic 11 (1.5hr), Literacy (writing)
    • Clinic 12 (1.5 hrs) Implementing change (3)
    • Fortnightly mentor meeting (including 15 min observation, 45 min reflection and coaching)
    • Fortnightly self-guided study (15 mins) revisiting development areas
  • Theme: Behaviour

    • Induction F2F (1/2 day)
    • Conference F2F (1/2 day)
    • Mentor MB1 CPD (2 hrs)
    • Mentor ALS 1CPD (1 hr)
    • Weekly mentor meeting (including 15 min observation, 45 min reflection and coaching

    Theme: Instruction

    • Mentor MB2 CPD (2 hrs)
    • Mentor ALS2 CPD (1 hr)
    • Weekly mentor meeting (including 15 min observation, 45 min reflection and coaching

    Theme: Subject

    • Mentor ALS3 CPD (1 hr)
    • Weekly mentor meeting (including 15 min observation, 45 min reflection and coaching
    • Joint Conference: Wellbeing and introducing change (1 day)
    • Mentor Boost 3 CPD (2 hrs)
    • Fortnightly mentor meeting
    • Mentor Boost 4 CPD (2 hrs)
    • Fortnightly mentor meeting
    • Fortnightly mentor meeting