Introduction to the Education Development Trust

We are delighted to announce that EDT has taken part in a successful Ofsted Visit in Spring 2023. More details of this report can be found here.

Evidence-led professional development: A high-quality, blended learning experience

Developed with schools, our Early Career Framework materials provide a high-quality, evidence-informed blended learning experience for teachers and their mentors. Each topic includes rich and relevant examples from expert practitioners, accessible insights from research, and frequent opportunities to put knowledge into practice. 

The online platform enables this journey throughout the Programme, giving ECTs and Mentors easy access to self-study materials, videos, webinars, podcasts and blogs.

Schedule of learning for ECTs: Space for early career teachers to learn, practice & reflect

Early career teachers need time and space to reflect on and challenge their own practice. This Programme is centred around developing the mentor relationship, and includes a carefully constructed programme of webinars, face-to-face training, and self-study activities to support this.

Each of these activities will provide opportunities for ECTs to learn the theory, put the theory into practice, and reflect on personal and professional development with the support of their mentor.

Programme for your mentors: Excellent mentoring is key to the success of an early career teacher

The relationship between an ECT and their mentor is critical to driving improvements in classroom practice. It rests on creating the right conditions to establish a constructive professional relationship, with optimal levels of support and challenge. 

We will work with in-school mentors to learn new mentoring and coaching techniques, enabling them to strengthen essential skills that they can use throughout their careers.

Specialist training and support will ensure each mentor is confident in their knowledge of the Early Career Framework and develops their mentoring skills so that the ECTs they work with get the very best from the Programme.

Mentors put forward by schools will benefit from a comprehensive programme of development that includes regional training sessions led by expert facilitators, and local peer-coaching sessions with a ‘buddy’ mentor

What will ECF with Tudor Grange Teaching School Hub and EDT look like in my school?

We are working with partners to develop a calendar for ECF training, using the sequence, blocks, and resources created by the EDT – please see the break down below.

Year 1

Autumn 1  
Block 1: Establishing a positive climate for learning (weeks 1 – 7)
Block 2: How Pupils Learn (weeks 8 – 14)
Spring 1
Block 3: Developing effective classroom practice – teaching and adapting (weeks 1 – 6)
Block 4: Importance of subject and curriculum knowledge (weeks 7 – 14)
Summer 1
Block 5: Assessment, feedback, and questioning (weeks 1 – 7)
Block 6: A people profession (weeks 8 – 13)

Year 2

Autumn 2  
Block 7: Embedding a positive climate for learning (weeks 1 – 6)
Block 8: How Pupils Learn and making it stick (weeks 7 – 12)
Spring 2  
Block 9: Enhancing effective classroom practice – grouping and tailoring (weeks 1 – 6)
Block 10: Revising the importance of subject and curriculum knowledge (weeks 7 – 12)
Summer 2  
Block 11: Deepening assessment, feedback, and questioning (weeks 1 – 6)
Block 12: Continuing your professional development (weeks 7 – 12)

If you would like to find out more about EDT, follow this link to their website.