Research School Network: September’s ​‘ECF 3’ Early Career Framework resources we’ve enjoyed referencing


September’s ​‘ECF 3’

Early Career Framework resources we’ve enjoyed referencing

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This month we have enjoyed being involved in Unity Teaching School Hub’s
work as a delivery partner of the Ambition Institute Early Career Teacher Programme.

“The early career framework (ECF) is the evidence base which underpins this new entitlement for early career teachers’ professional development. It sets out what all early career teachers should learn about, and learn how to do, during the first 2 years of their careers. It underpins a new entitlement for 2 years of professional development designed to help early career teachers develop their practice, knowledge and working habits.”

DfE, January 2019

Ambition Institute’s exciting new programme translates the ECF into a comprehensive blended programme to support early career teachers secure a firm foundation in their career in teaching. High quality evidence-informed training is coupled with in-school mentoring and deliberate practice to create the opportunity for ECTs to develop their practice and establish ever more effective habits and greater expertise. Launch conferences have provided mentors and early career teachers with programme overviews as well as introductions to essential elements underpinning the theory-based learn that’ statements of the Early Career Framework.

3 EEF guidance reports we have signposted:

Improving behaviour in schools: six recommendations for improving behaviour in schools
Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning: seven recommendations for teaching self-regulated learning & metacognition
Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools: five recommendations on special education needs in mainstream schools

3 free resources we’ve been referencing lots:

Resources are plentiful and expertly designed by the team at Ambition Institute. We have found great value supplementing our preparations and delivery with reference to a number of go-to’ resources – three free evidence informed resources featuring significantly this month have been:

The Science of Learning: Deans for Impact
Understanding working memory – a classroom guide: Gathercole and Alloway
Early career development: The Expert Edit, Peps McCrea, Ambition Institute

3 great reads we’ve been utilising:

We’ve also been referencing some of our favourite go-to’ books including:

What every teacher needs to know about psychology by David Didau and Nick Rose
Connect the dots: the collective power of relationships, memory and mindset in the classroom by Tricia Taylor
Love to teach: Research and resources for every classroom by Kate Jones

These three excellent evidence informed books are published by our local educational publisher John Catt Educational and are available toorder from their bookshop …. and thanks to our partners at Unity Teaching School Hub we are excited to be able to share a fantastic opportunity: get 60% off the published price of any order …. simply enter the code UnityTSH’ at the checkout!

Andy Samways

Director of Research School

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