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The Early Career Framework: Origins, outcomes and opportunities

The Early Career Framework: Origins, outcomes and opportunities

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Tanya Ovenden-Hope (Editor) brings together insights from those most closely connected to the ECF; the training providers, school leaders and academics involved in understanding the efficacy of professional development and learning in schools.

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Teacher quality is widely reputed to be the key determinant of educational success for students. Teachers at the beginning of their career need support and guidance in providing a sustained, high quality experience for their learners. The role of continuing professional development (CPD) is crucial in honing and refining the knowledge, understanding and skills of teachers. Effective CPD can also provide teachers with the self-efficacy needed, particularly when they start teaching, to stay in the profession. With teacher shortages reported across the globe, and up to one third of teachers in England leaving the profession by their fifth year in teaching, CPD is an attractive solution to retain teachers.

The Department for Education have established a mandatory CPD framework for all early career teachers (ECTs) teaching in schools in England –The Early Career Framework (ECF). Tanya Ovenden-Hope (Editor) brings together insights from those most closely connected to the ECF; the training providers, school leaders and academics involved in understanding the efficacy of professional development and learning in schools. Ovenden-Hope offers an historical record of the ECF, showing where it came from, what it offers now for schools and early career teachers (ECTs) and the challenges and opportunities for development in the future.

Part One of the book focuses on the origins of the ECF. It opens by explaining the context for developing a national programme of CPD and the links to the Retention and Recruitment Strategy launched by the Department for Education in 2019. The pilot programmes of the ECF are explored in turn and illuminated by an evaluation of the pilots' efficacy. Part Two extends into the outcomes of government planning for the ECF and invites comment from the training providers on their vision for their programmes and their experience of rolling it out at a national level. The experiences of school leaders are also appreciated through consideration of Special School ECT needs and through an Education Trust undertaking the development of their own resources to support their ECTs with the ECF. Part Three deliberates the opportunities presented by the ECF for enhancing ECT self-efficacy and supporting greater retention in the profession. Academics consider the complexity of past programmes, such as the Masters in Educational Practice supported by the Welsh Government, and the effective use of key CPD elements, such as coaching and mentoring; providing insights for the future of the ECF.

About the Author

Professor (Dr) Tanya Ovenden-Hope is Provost and Professor of Education at Plymouth Marjon University and Marjon University Cornwall, UK. Tanya is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist with over three decades experience in schools, colleges and universities in England as a teacher, teacher educator, educational leader and educational researcher. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Society of Education and Training, Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and was awarded the National Enterprise Educator Award in 2014.

Tanya values the importance of collaboration and has elected, invited and voluntary roles that enable her to share research and support evidence informed practice. She is a Council Member of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET); Board Member of the International Council for the Education of Teachers (ICET); a Special Interest Group (SIG) Convenor and Council Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), an invited member of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Advisory Board for the Teacher Development Fund and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Teaching Profession SIG on Teacher Supply. She is also a Trustee for a number of Education Trusts.

The author of over 75 papers, reports, articles and books, Tanya is dedicated to exploring social inequity and educational disparity and has spent the last ten years focusing on the challenges for coastal, rural and small schools, including issues of teacher recruitment and retention and access to funding and professional development. Tanya has used the findings of this research to inform interventions for early career teacher retention and effective mentoring in schools and colleges. Projects she has developed and led include the Education Endowment Funded RETAIN programme and the Education and Training funded Pedagogical Mentoring Programme. Tanya is co-editor of the recent book, Exploring Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Contextual Challenges from International Perspectives.

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Author Tanya Ovenden-Hope (editor)
ISBN 9781913622954
No of pages 320
Format Paperback
Publication Date 28 Feb 2022

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