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Early Career Teachers

We know your first few years as a teacher are crucial for your development. That’s why we’ve used our expertise in teacher training and development to create a supportive two-year Early Career Teacher programme.
Teacher at Ark Priory Primary Academy in west London

The programme is based on the Early Career Framework (ECF) and is delivered in partnership with Ambition Institute. It was developed in response to the Department for Education Recruitment and Retention strategy, which recognised that teachers deserve high-quality support throughout their careers, particularly in those first years when the learning curve is steepest.

The programme draws on the best available evidence, alongside the Early Career Framework, to help build on the skills, theory and practice learnt during training that will help Early Career teachers to keep getting better during this critical period in their career.

The best thing about working at an Ark school is the support that I receive from my coach. Each week, my coach gives me a target based on his observation of my lesson. I can honestly say that I always leave our meetings with a clear idea of what I need to do to improve my teaching.

Kabel Early Career Teacher, Ark John Keats Academy

About our ECT programme

Our curriculum is carefully designed and evidence-based, focusing on how teachers learn, as well as what they learn. We use a model of instructional coaching which has been successfully embedded in our schools for several years. This is one of the best-evidenced forms of professional development, meaning Early Career teachers will benefit from bite-sized content and personalised, observational feedback to ensure they successfully pass their induction period and continue to impact the classroom positively.

Our Early Career Teacher programme offers a blend of clinics, conferences and online self-study modules via the Steplab platform as well as dedicated in-school support from a dedicated mentor and an induction lead. Across the two years, you will be set up for success with:

It’s such a positive environment to work in. I’ve been really supported to progress and make positive steps forward for my own development.

Samantha Early Career Teacher, Ark White City Primary Academy

Why join our ECT programme and the Ark network?

There are many benefits to continuing your learning and development with our Early Career Teacher programme in an Ark school:

Wellbeing and support

We know that being a teacher can be tough, so we offer wellbeing support throughout the ECT programme delivered through a dedicated module. We help you to practise and embed evidence-informed methods and strategies (such as mindfulness, resilience building, emotional self-assessment, and identifying personal, early warning signs of emotional overload) to not only improve wellbeing in the workplace, but also in your daily lives.

Alongside this, we will support your wellbeing by:

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