Driver Youth Trust (DYT) is working with Teach First to support a pilot of the Department for Education’s Early Career Framework.

The programme is designed to support early career teachers in order to build their confidence, knowledge, competences and motivation. This early roll-out phase will help build evidence to support the national roll-out of the Early Career Framework which is planned for September 2021.

Experts from DYT will be working alongside Teach First and a range of other partners and education providers to trial the Framework across specific areas in the north of England including Greater Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster.

Director of Progammes at DYT, Nicola Podd, said: “DYT have been campaigning to better prepare teachers to support learners with SEND since 2013. This partnership with TeachFirst will be a step towards meeting this need. The ECF is a vital way to increase understanding of provision for learners with special educational needs at a key moment in a teacher’s career.”

Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First said: “Our experience shows us that structured quality training early in their careers is vital to support new teachers to thrive and to build successful careers in teaching. So we’re delighted to be announced as one of the government’s partners to deliver the Early Career Framework, working in partnership with schools serving disadvantaged communities, where we know children most need brilliant teachers.”

DYT’s support of the programme is a natural fit alongside our teacher development work in schools and our support of teacher training providers such as the Harris Federation. We will also continue to campaign for an increased focus on SEND provision within teacher CPD, particularly during the reviews of initial teacher training currently being undertaken by DfE and Ofsted.

To read more about the programme and how your school can get involved, click here.