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ECF and NPQs

Early Career Framework

If you have an Early Career Teacher (formerly called newly qualified teacher)  starting in September 2021 or February 2022, they have a statutory entitlement to be supported by an Early Career Framework programme of development.   You can read more about the reforms here .

The SWAN TSA are working in partnership with the Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub and Teach First to deliver the Full Induction Programme. This comprehensive, high quality ECF programme is free to schools.

What schools need to do in preparation for September / February

  1. Decide your route - Full Induction, Core Induction or School Based

  2. Read the Teach First Early Career Framework brochure detailing the curriculum entitlement, options, funding and how NTSH can support you. 

  3. URGENT: Register your ECTs on the DFE manage training for Early Career Teachers portal & select the ‘Training Provider’ route.

  4. On-board with your lead provider  - Please contact Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub : 

  5. Register with an AB: Please contact Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub : 


DfE Support & Guidance

The DfE have now emailed all schools with an invitation to access their online portal. Through this you will indicate your preferred route, partners and how you will be supporting your Early Career Teachers. The DfE have created a video walkthrough of the process, you can watch it here

Useful links

DFE manage training for Early Career Teachers portal

DFE induction for Early Career teachers (from September 2021)

Teach First ECF brochure

National Professional Qualifications

From September 2021, a reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) will be available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.

This is part of the DfE's transformation to the training and support available for teachers at all stages of their career. The 2019 Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy set out a range of commitments intended to ensure that teaching remains an attractive, sustainable and rewarding career path.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub and Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQs. 

What are NPQs?

National professional qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of teachers and school leaders. They equip teachers with the expertise to lead sustainable improvement across their schools.

NPQs in 3 specialist areas of teaching

Designed for teachers who want to:

  • Leading teacher development (NPQLTD):designed for teachers supporting the training and development of others, e.g. with a responsibility of teacher development across the school or specific groups such as trainee teachers or Early Career teacher..
  • Leading teaching (NPQLT):developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase.
  • Leading behaviour and culture (NPQLBC): developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture.

NPQ in Senior Leadership

This 18-month programme helps participants to develop their leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in their schools.

Funding and eligibility criteria 

Currently (January 2022) all NPQs are fully scholarship funded by the DfE. To be eligibile you need to be employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England. The next intake will be for the September 2022 cohort. The February 2022 cohort has closed for applications.

For futher information on the new NPQ's Link to the DfE NPQ reforms

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development 

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school

 NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture 

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school

 NPQ in Leading Teaching 

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase

NPQ in Senior Leadership 

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities



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