The Early Career Framework makes no mention of teaching pupils who use English as an additional language, despite the fact that nearly half of teachers teach in diverse classrooms. Silvana Richardson advises


From September, it will become a statutory requirement for all schools to offer, and for all early career teachers (ECTs) to undertake, a two-year professional development support and training programme based on the Early Career Framework (ECF).

The national roll-out of this programme is to take place at a particularly challenging time, as virtually all ECTs starting this autumn will have had a disrupted initial teacher training (ITT) experience. This makes it all the more important that those teachers receive the support they need.

The ECF has been designed “around how to support all pupils to succeed and seeks to widen access for all” (DfE, 2019), and does not detail approaches specific to particular groups or additional needs – a deliberate design move to emphasise the importance of high-quality teaching.

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