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Early Career Support: Online teacher development

At the Chartered College of Teaching, we know that retention of our teachers is one of the biggest challenges our profession faces, with early career teachers most likely to describe their workload as unmanageable. If teaching is to be seen as a world class profession, our teachers need access to support from the second they enter the classroom. That’s why, with funding from the Education Endowment Foundation, we are running a year long, fully online training pilot which will inform headteachers and mentors about ways to support early career teachers.

Our approach is centred around an instructional coaching model, where a coach (or mentor) works collaboratively with their early career teacher and guides them through cycles of deliberate practice of specific teaching skills. The mentor observes the teacher practicing those skills, followed by a structured reflective conversation to move the teacher’s thinking on and deepen their understanding.

To guide this coaching, early career teachers and their mentors are accessing a range of resources in a structured online course. Live webinars supplement individual study, and participants are allocated to groups for peer activities, feedback and discussion facilitated by a course tutor and completed online.
The project will be evaluated by the UCL Institute of Education and will also inform the roll-out of the Department for Education’s newly-announced Early Career Framework, which increases the entitlement of early career teachers to support and training, and specifies content that should be covered during a new two-year induction.

You can read more about this project and view reports when they’re released on the Education Endowment Foundation website.