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Registration process for schools with ECTs starting in September ‘21:
  1. If you have not already done so, you should register your Induction Lead and select your programme ie: FIP, via the DfE portal (URL link in DfE email invitation sent to schools) *
  2. Register directly with our ECF training provider, Best Practice Network (BPN), via this link:
  3. Once steps 1. and 2. have been completed, the registered Induction Tutor will receive a further DfE invitation to register details of ECT(s) and Mentor(s).   Please note: This step is happening on a phased basis during July. ** 

* This DfE email will have been sent to the email address(es) your school has registered on the Get Information About Schools section of the DfE management system.  If you wish to check and/or update the addresses you have registered with DfE, you can do so via this link:

** Any issues with entering ECT and Mentor details on the DfE portal, can be directed to the DfE helpline 0370 000 2288 or


From September 2021, induction for teachers joining the profession will be extended to two years and underpinned by the ECF, will provide them with a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue.

The ECF will facilitate a step change in the structured support ECTs receive and clearly sets out what new teachers are expected to ‘learn about’ and ‘learn how to do’ based on expert guidance and the best available research evidence. The ECF aims to support ECTs to develop their teaching practice, knowledge and working habits to help them establish a successful career in teaching.

There is an expectation that ECTs will have a dedicated mentor and a requirement that they have a reduced timetable in their first two years of teaching following qualification (10% reduction in year one and 5% reduction in year two).  This will provide them with the time and support needed to focus on their professional development, so that every new teacher is supported to lay the foundations for a fulfilling and rewarding career in teaching.

Please select the link below for further information about the new ECF framework: Early career framework reforms: overview - GOV.UK (

We are delighted to announce that on behalf of the Rainbow Teaching School Hub, Best Practice Network will deliver the ECF programme.

Best Practice Network: Best Practice Network selected for ECF roll-out | Best Practice Network

View this video for more information about ECF programme: