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Glossary of key terms

What key terms are used in this course? In this article Mark Hardman provides a glossary of key terms.
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The most important key terms that you might encounter in your preparation for the Early Career Framework are outlined below.

ECF
Early Career Framework: a framework published by the DfE listing what new teachers should know and know how to do.

ECT
Early Career Teacher: a teacher in their first two years after qualifying to teach. This term replaces the term NQT (newly qualified teacher).

ECS
Early Career Support: the programme of training and support provided to an ECT which includes the content specified in the ECF.

ECF providers / suppliers
Six organisations have been commissioned by the DfE to provide funded training to support delivery of the ECF. Delivery is based on one of four sets of professional development materials produced by suppliers. These materials are freely available to all schools online through the Gov.uk portal.

FIP
Full induction programme: A funded provider-led programme to implement the ECF. Schools register with one of the six providers (see above) and the provider delivers high-quality training for early career teachers and their mentors.

CIP
Core induction programme: Schools can draw on the professional development materials, available through the Gov.uk portal, to deliver their own early career teacher and mentor training.

School-based programme
Schools can elect to design and deliver their own ECF-based induction programme for early career teachers.

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