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ECT Teacher Development in East London

The Early Career Teacher Programme

Register your ECTs and Mentors...

If you have new ECTs starting at school, your school needs to:

Schools new to the programme... 

If you are a completely NEW school to the programme - and you have not used the Ambition ECT programme before - you must contact: so that we can register you as a new school prior to you  completing the steps below. 

Registered schools with new ECTs... 

Register each ECT and Mentor with DfE portal and keep it updated:

Withdraw an ECT?

You need to update the DfE Portal:

Change a Mentor?  

If you want to change a Mentor fill in this form: Mentor Change Form

NB: This can take up to a week to make the swap. 

Change your school Induction Co-ordinator?

If you want to change your school Induction Co-ordinator, you need the consent of your Head Teacher and you need to fill in this form: Induction Co-ordinator Change Form

NB: This can take up to a week to make the swap. 

ECTs transferring into your school...

If you have employed an ECT who has already started their DfE funded induction at another school, you need to: 

Appropriate Body

All schools are under a statutory duty to register their ECTs with an Appropriate Body before they start work in school. 

If you would like more information on registering your ECT with other Appropriate Body services, click here.

Questions about funding?

What is the Early Career Framework?

September 2021 saw the statutory introduction of the Early Career Framework for all new teachers, regardless of training route. ‍The ECF gives all Early Career Teachers an entitlement to a two-year Induction of high-quality training and in-school mentor support.

London District East Teaching School Hub will provide a fully funded programme in partnership with Ambition Institute offering:

  • Two years of fully funded training for Early Career Teachers
  • A dedicated mentor training programme

What does a typical week look like on the programme?

The engine room of this programme is the weekly meeting between the ECT and their Mentor, when instructional coaching techniques are used to improve the ECTs knowledge and skills based on the Early Career Framework. 

What is the structure of the face to face training?   

For ECTs:

  • Two full day conferences in Year 1 (September and January) and one in Year 2 (September) 
  • Three clinics in Year 1 and in Year 2, all after school, on Zoom, from 3:45pm to 4:45pm.

For Mentors

  • One full day conference to start the programme and a second before the start of Year 2.
  • Two mentor clinics in Year 1 and 1 in Year 2, all after school, on Zoom, from 3:45pm to 4:45pm.
  • Mentors also have three Coaching on Coaching 1:1 sessions across the 2 years of the programme.

What are the programme design principles? 


Quote from a current Year 13 Mentor - Kate, Lead Practitioner (English), ECT Mentor and Literacy Lead:  

"I am loving the program. I have been a mentor many times before in my 26 year teaching career, but this is by far the most rigorous and supportive. My ECTs have made such progress by taking a small, focused, rehearsed step at a time." 

Instructional Coaching


Feedback from an ECT Mentor on their Coaching on Coaching session:

‘It was so useful! As this is all new to us, it was such a positive session to hear what I am doing right as well as identifying the next step. The Visiting Fellow was brilliant in explaining what was good - the 'why' is really useful so that I knew the impact it had on my ECT. The next step was very clear and everything we discussed was so helpful.

Flyers and Statutory Guidance...

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