Key Terms

ECF – Early Career Framework – sets out what Early Career Teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers.

ECT – Early Career Teacher – trainee teachers undergoing the 2-year professional development programme designed to focus on practice, knowledge and working habits.

FIP – Full Induction Programme (see below)

CIP – Core Induction Programme (see below)



How do I register my ECTs?

Click here for information on how to register your ECTs with Teach West London

Read our support document Key ECT registration information

When and where are the training sessions held?

Click here for the 2023/24 Sessions calendar.

Please note: We work with a number of Partners at a local level across the London Boroughs of Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow to deliver the ECF FIP training. Your ECTs and Mentors will be placed in a local cluster group to receive their training and depending on your school's location and setting, the exact training dates will vary. The final dates for sessions will be communicated as soon as they are available. 

How are the ECTs assessed?

The ECF is not an assessment tool and does not replace a school’s chosen appropriate body assessment process. Click here to find out more about the Teach West London Appropriate Body Service. 

How are the programmes funded?

All state schools offering statutory induction will receive additional funding to deliver the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms. This includes:

  • Funding for 5% off timetable in the second year of induction for all early career teachers (additional to the 10% in the first year)
  • Funding for time for mentors to spend with early career teachers in the second year of induction

A single payment will be paid in the summer term of the second year of induction, based on the number of ECTs commenced each term in that academic year. This data will be collected through the school workforce census. If an ECT leaves the school after the first year, the new school gets the funding.

Funding for Inner London Outer London Fringe
ECTs £1,500 £1,400 £1,300
Mentors £1,100 £1,000 £900


Mentor’s Unit Cost (Years 1 & 2 – time off timetable for training)

England (excluding the London Area)

Inner London Area

Outer London Area

Fringe Area

36h cost (2 years of training)





Additional funding for schools using a provider-led programme (FIP) for the time mentors of early career teachers will spend on training. This will consist of 36 hours of backfill time over two years per mentor. Funding for this programme will be paid directly to schools.

For information on funding amounts/ formulas and mechanisms, please visit Early career framework reforms overview

There is no charge to schools irrespective of whether they are designing and delivering their own school-based programme or delivering the CIP or FIP.

What is the difference between the Core Induction Programme (CIP) and the Full Induction Programme (FIP)?

ECT Year 1 Core Induction Programme

Self-study sessions

22 hours

Weekly mentor meeting

39 hours (1 hour per week)

ECT Year 1 Full Induction Programme

Self-study sessions

22 hours

Weekly mentor meeting

39 hours (1 hour per week)

Annual induction conference

 September  (delivered by UCL and delivery partner)

Half termly training session

2 hours (delivered by local facilitators. 2 x 20)

Half termly online learning community

1 hour (delivered by local facilitators. 2 x 20)


Mentor Year 1 Core Induction Programme
Weekly mentor meeting 39 hours (1 hour per week)
Mentor Year 1 Full Induction Programme
Weekly mentor meeting 39 hours (1 hour per week)
Annual induction conference September (delivered by UCL and delivery partner)
Termly online learning community 2 hours (delivered by facilitators. 2 x 20)
Structured self-study: ONSIDE mentoring 12 hours

You can find an overview of the programme here. 

The ECT 2-hour training sessions will be delivered locally and a decision as to whether this training will take place face-to-face or online will also be made at local level.

What is the role of the induction tutor and where can I access the materials?

If you are delivering the UCL CIP or FIP, the programme handbook and the guide for induction tutors are located here.

Who are the local partners delivering the FIP ECT and Mentor training?

A list of our local partners can be found on our website here.

Further questions

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]