Early-career support: online teacher development

The Chartered College of Teaching (CCT) will provide an online-only model of support for early-career teachers and their mentors, addressing the need for a low-cost, highly-scalable approach. CCT will train and produce resources for mentors in both instructional coaching practice and the content of the Early Career Framework (ECF).

Resources for both mentor and ECT will be available online in a structured course, with written and multimedia course materials released weekly for completion in a set timeframe. Live webinars will supplement individual study, and participants will be allocated to groups for peer activities, feedback and discussion facilitated by a course tutor and completed online.

CCT will also offer reduced content for other teachers in the school to access as required. Additionally, a key member of the school leadership team will be expected to engage with at least the preparatory module (tailored for a school leader).

10 primary and 10 secondary schools will be recruited for this pilot study.

Why are we funding it?

This project is being funded as part of the EEF’s early career teacher (ECT) support pilot round. Improving the quality of support offered to ECTs has the potential to improve the retention and skills of our teacher workforce significantly. The Department for Education’s newly launched ECF lengthens the induction period for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) to two years, increases the entitlement of early career teachers to support and training, and specifies content that should be covered during the induction. This round test three different models of providing schools with external training to support ECTs through their induction period. Evaluation reports will also provide guidance directly to headteachers making decisions about the in-house support they provide ECTs. This work will extend the growing evidence base related to coaching, building on previous projects funded by the EEF, including RETAIN, which provided support with early career teaching in rural schools. 

How are we evaluating it?

Across the pilots, evaluations will seek to find models that could scale to support many of the 48,000 ECTs eligible for support from the national roll-out in 2021, which are feasible for schools and which show promise of having an impact on teachers. The cost and time commitments required by teachers will also be assessed.

When will the evaluation report be due?

The evaluation report will be published in October 2020.