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By now, all schools should have received the letter from Minister Gibb in which he outlines the Government’s ambition for our profession across all career stages stating that Delivering World-Class Teacher Development is the “golden thread of support that teachers can draw on at every stage of their careers”. Within the letter, he also explains that “The backbone of these delivery partners will be Teaching School Hubs, who will be essential to the success of these reforms”.

The DfE has made investing in the workforce a central part of its recovery effort. After a challenging year, it’s really encouraging to see the Government investing in teacher development. They are now finalising how this will be spent on the ECF Full Induction Programme and the NPQs, but it’s a very welcome investment.

Early years training

£153 million will provide the opportunity for evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners, including through new programmes focusing on key areas such as speech and language development for the youngest children. 

ECF update 

For schools who have not yet signed up:

Over the next few weeks, schools will need to decide how they will be ensuring that all Early Career Teachers (ECTs) receive a programme of support based upon the Early Career Framework (ECF). We are pleased to be offering the Full Induction Programme for all schools in Wirral and Liverpool. In order to do this we will be working with University College London (UCL).

To help schools better understand these new statutory induction requirements, we are holding a webinar to talk through the necessary actions for schools to take. There will be time for colleagues to ask questions within these sessions, however if you simply require the information, please watch the recording of our previous webinar ECF Information webinar

The next webinar will take place on:

Monday 21st June, 2pm-2:45pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 3316 8650

Passcode: 182651

You can express interest in doing the Full Induction Programme with us by filling out the form on this page.

Not received the DfE email about this? See”what you need to do…” below

For schools who have already signed up:

A large number of schools across Liverpool and Wirral have already signed up and we will now be confirming places with everyone. Please look out for an email from Natasha Waters ( which will contain a letter of ‘intent to commit’. 

Interested in helping us facilitate the ECF?

We are currently looking to develop a team of highly experienced teachers who are interested in helping facilitate our Early Career Framework offer. If you are interested in this, please email Andy Ash (

5% time off timetable for NQT+1

As part of the education recovery package, it was announced teachers in their second year will have 5% funded time off timetable to access training - a year earlier than previously planned. The further £32m cost of this will be met through existing DfE schools budgets. Further detail regarding the payment mechanism and what this means for schools will be announced shortly.

NPQ update

Alongside further investment in the Early Career Framework reforms, £184 million of new funding for NPQs was announced to be spent over the course of this parliament. Further detail on how the funding will be used to provide scholarships for NPQs will be provided shortly.

The 3 existing NPQs in senior leadership, headship and executive leadership have been updated and reformed.

The existing NPQ in middle leadership has been replaced with 3 new NPQs for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in the specialist areas of:

  • Leading Teacher Development

  • Leading Behaviour & Culture

  • Leading Teaching 

There is more information from each provider here: 

We will be hosting webinars to guide schools who want to register participants and to detail the changes to the NPQs. To express your interest please sign up here

NPQ Expressions of Interest

CPD update

We are delighted to be able to host a series of introductory webinars, introducing our collaborations with a wide range of partners. These are taster sessions, in preparation for more opportunities for longer professional learning programmes starting from Sept 2021. 

Understanding the Ofsted Research Review of Science: How to use the Report to Enhance your Science Provision & how the SLP can support you, hosted by the Liverpool & Wirral Teaching School Hub – 30th June, 16:00 – 17:00

Exploring Primary Languages through the Ofsted Research Review

29th June 2021 - 16.00 - 17.00

Jun 29, 2021 04:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 863 7644 3507
Passcode: 721449

More to follow from Childer Thornton English Hub, the Maths Hub and colleagues at Ignite, amongst others!

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any thoughts, suggestions or ideas!

What you need to do..

Of key importance:

Schools should have received an email from the DfE inviting you to sign up to their new online service. This will ask you the details of your Induction Tutor and to select how you intend to deliver the Early Career Framework.

Steps to take if your school hasn’t received this

DfE Sign-in support request –

There are different options that schools can take, one of which is the fully funded Full Induction Programme.

or email for support

  • Register your interest in finding out more about the revised NPQs using the link above.

  • Subscribe to receive our newsletter and other communications. Feel free to share the details within your wider networks.

  • Let us know if there is anything you are aware of that is a local need that we can work collaboratively to meet.

Please circulate this newsletter amongst your school and wider networks. To be kept informed about the most up to date developments, please sign up to our mailing list on our website to find out more.

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