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Pathfinder Schools are working in partnership with Best Practice Network to deliver the Early Career Development Programme for Northamptonshire and the surrounding area. Schools can register from now to enroll their Early Career Teachers for the cohort starting in September 2021.

What is the Early Career Development Programme?

From September 2021, the government is funding an entitlement for all early career teachers in England to access high-quality professional development at the start of their career with a view to greater teacher support and retention. Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership is one of six Lead Providers delivering the Early Career Framework nationwide.

New teachers will now receive development support and training over 2 years instead of one, underpinned by the ECF. The offer for early career teachers includes:

  • 2 years of new, funded, high-quality training
  • funding for 5% time away from the classroom for teachers in their second year
  • a dedicated mentor and support for these mentors including access to funded high-quality training
  • funding to cover mentors’ time with the mentee in the second year of teaching

Registering with Best Practice Network

Schools will need to register with their chosen Lead Provider. In order to access ECF training provided locally with Pathfinder Schools, you can register your interest with BPN/OLP via the following link Early Career Framework - Early Career Development Programme | Best Practice Network . You will then be contacted with next steps, including how to upload your Early Career Teachers to the new DfE portal.

The two videos below will be able to give you more information to find out more about the programme

If you have any questions please email 

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