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Information for schools considering the UEA Early Career Framework (ECF) Full Induction Programme.

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    We're very proud to be able to offer a Special Schools cohort.
    This cohort will be exclusively for ECTs and Mentors working in special schools. The programme will be delivered by facilitators experienced in working in a special school setting. This will allow us to deliver our ECF training with a focus on special schools’ contexts.

Our full induction programme

UEA are partnered with Best Practice Network to deliver the ECF. Our programme has the following benefits:

  • Based on the University College London (UCL) ECF and self-study materials for ECTs and mentors (see the full programme details)
  • A series of school-based enquiries in year 2, allowing you to develop your practice and enable change within your specific classroom and school setting.
  • Training provided by experienced UEA ECF facilitators who have been highly praised by ECTs, mentors and Ofsted.

What is distinctive about our offer? 

  • We build on our experience and expertise in training new teachers and our understanding of ECT needs.

  • We build upon the Core Content Framework (CCF) delivered in our initial teacher training.

  • We understand the educational landscape in the region, enabling us to address regional needs and priorities.

  • We have a commitment to inclusion and social justice for all learners.

  • We enrich our provision through context-specific case studies and highly-skilled facilitators who enable active engagement within sessions.

  • We build strong and sustained relationships between schools, ECTs and their mentors.

  • We focus on personal and professional reflection and enquiry to aid the development of your identity as a teacher to promote independence and a sense of agency.

"A Very rewarding and professional course"

- Mentor feedback from Year 1 of the ECF Programme with UEA as the local Delivery

How to sign up

To register ECTs and mentors, please follow the process below:

Step 1: Register with Best Practice Network

  • Register your intention to work with UEA and Best Practice Network via this link: BPN ECF registration. By completing this first, it means that we are able to monitor your registration process and provide support with it if needed.
  • For the question “If you were directed here by a local Teaching School Hub, Multi-School Organisation or training partner, please select from the dropdown below”, please select ‘University of East Anglia’ from the drop-down menu. NOTE: This is the same option whether registering for the SEND Special Schools’ cohort or the mainstream cohort.

Step 2: Register with the DfE

  • School Induction Tutors must register their ECTs and Mentors on the DfE Online Service (BPN then collect additional details directly from the ECTs and Mentors to enable allocation to their local training group)
  • If you have not used the service before, schools can request a link to register an Induction Tutor

Step 3: Register with an Appropriate Body (AB)

  • You will still need to register your ECT with your chosen Appropriate Body, please note that UEA is a training provider NOT an Appropriate Body. You can find a list of ABs here: Find an Appropriate Body.


Please note: Our offer is open to Independent Schools.  However, this will not be funded by the DfE.

Further information about
funding and eligibility

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