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Early Career teachers

Early Career Framework and Appropriate Body

Xavier are delighted to offer the early career framework and appropriate body services to over 450 early career teachers (ECTs) and their mentor, across more than 300 schools in the region.

The newly introduced national programme offers all ECTs and their mentors a mandatory entitlement to a two-year programme of high-quality training, delivered by phase and subject specific experts across our strategic schools and delivery partners. Working in partnership with Teach First, Xavier ECTs and mentors engage with online self-study, school-based professional discussion and attend centralised seminars, both online and face to face. Alongside this training aspect of the programme we are pleased to continue our long-standing role as an Appropriate Body working collaboratively with schools to assess ECTs against the Teachers’ Standards and register their successful completion of the induction period.


The DfE have released this useful guidance for school leaders on setting up training based on the early career framework:

How to set up training for early career teachers


Schools who choose for their ECTs to complete the fully funded early career programme will receive funding directly from the DfE to support with the release of both mentors and ECTs over the two-year period. Under the statutory guidance introduced from September 2021, all ECTs are entitled to 10% release time within their first year and a further 5% in year 2, as well as a two-year package of support from their mentor. We passionately believe that the early career framework supports all ECTs and mentors with a national consistent programme of high-quality, evidence-based training to support their growth in the fundamental years of their development as a teacher.