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Ofsted inspection of the Early Career Framework

In March 2023 our Lead Provider for the ECF had their Ofsted inspection and were rated 'Outstanding'.

A huge thank you to our schools and their staff for the contribution to the recent inspection of Teach First's Early Career Framework (ECF) provision by Ofsted.

Over 1,500 programme members – whether early career teachers, mentors or induction tutors – took time out of their busy schedule to provide feedback via the Ofsted survey. Many also spent time meeting with the inspectors for the focused reviews. We really do appreciate all your support, especially knowing how stretched schools are right now.

We thought you would like to know that following the inspection our programme has been rated “Outstanding” in all areas. We are especially pleased that the inspectors noted how strongly our focus on the most disadvantaged pupils runs through all aspects of the programme

– Teach First “leaders place tackling disadvantage at the heart of the decisions they make about key aspects of training.”

Other highlights from the report include the programme’s quality:

“ECTs receive expertly designed training that is calibrated exceptionally well to meet their needs” and how it trains mentors to support their ECT effectively: “What mentors learn on their training programme is well attuned to what ECTs cover. The training enables mentors to reflect on the ECF and their own professional experiences to craft discussions with ECTs.”

The full report can be viewed here on the Ofsted website. Over and above the outcome, what we’re most proud of is the impact that the ECF programme is having on the teachers working in schools serving the children most in need. Thank you for your continuing commitment to working with us on the ECF programme, and for supporting your early career teachers to thrive in the classroom. Together, we can make a real difference in helping young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their potential.

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