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Early Career Teachers

In 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) announced that the induction process for early career teachers will change. From September 2021 induction will become a two-year programme, based on the Early Career Framework (ECF).

In view of recent challenges the DfE have announced the availability of a package of additional support to help schools with the impact of coronavirus on the ITT year of the early career teachers that commenced teaching in September 2020.

This additional support is an evidence-based approach, designed to make sure early career teachers focus on learning the things that make the most difference wihin the classroom and their professional practice.

This induction offers a blended programme of face-to-face training and one-to-one mentor sessions, alongside self-directed study for early career teachers, and new training for mentors.

The programme is designed to help teachers feel more confident and in control at the start of their new career.

Tykes Teaching Alliance are delighted to be the local hub provider for the Early Career Framework for Barnsley, working in partnership with the Education Development Trust to coordinate the one year ‘expansion’ to the ECF programme. This package of support will help ensure schools to have the necessary resources required to enhance the confidence of their early career teachers who will be joining them in the autumn. further information

To complement the ECF blended programme, Tykes TA have designed an effective and proven wraparound CPD programme that will support the funded ECF blended programme, focusing on essential provision for NQTs in meeting the teacher standards.

The new two years NQT/RQT programme will support early career teacher development and ensure congruence with the 5 Core Areas highlighted in the Early Career Framework i.e. Behaviour Management, Pedagogy, Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Behaviours.

Our sessions are delivered by Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) and other expert educationalists teaching in schools day to day. Schools have the option of registering NQTs/RQTs for all sessions as a package across two years or can select sessions individually, based on the needs of their NQT/RQTs.

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

When Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) start their teaching career, we ensure that they are fully supported through a strong induction process.

To become a fully qualified teacher in England, you must, by law, have satisfactorily completed a period of induction. The induction process has to be quality assured by an ‘Appropriate Body’.  Tykes Teaching Alliance act as the Appropriate Body’ for schools within the Barnsley area. We also work with schools within other local authorities.

The statutory responsibilities can be found in Section 5 – Statutory Guidance on Induction for NQTs (Revised April 2018)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if  you have any questions or require further information regarding NQT registration:

Karen Hartshorne –  NQT Induction Appropriate Body Co-ordinator/HLTA Verifier

Telephone – 01226 100450 or mobile – 07703 808468

NQT – RQT Development Programme 2020 – 2022 (ECF)


The Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) Programme has been developed in reponse to demand from many of our partner schools following discussions about the needs of their new teachers.

The RQT Development Programme is designed to follow on from the NQT programme led by Tykes TA and is recommended as a next step for teachers in the early stages of their career. It offers additional support after their NQT induction year.

RQT Development Programme 2020-2021


Early Career PDP EXP - Brochure