The Early Career Teacher (ECT) Programme is a comprehensive training portfolio to support all early career teachers from newly qualified to the fifth year of teaching. It builds on from Initial Teacher Training, and provides developmental opportunities for ECTs to continually improve classroom practice through a blend of face-to-face training, which can be attended in person or virtually, reading, reflection, action research and observing learning and teaching. The programme is informed by national and international research and innovative local practice to enable ECTs to show real impact in improving outcomes for young people.


Any teacher within their first five years of teaching.


Programme content is based on the research of John Hattie, particularly Visible Learning (2009) focusing on the most successful evidenced approaches to improving student outcomes. Our approach starts with a diagnostic to ascertain development needs so that the programme provides a bespoke element to meet individual requirements. Each of our core modules are available at three levels with further specialist modules:

  • Teaching Foundations

  • Developing Teacher

  • Confident Teacher

  • Leaders of Teaching and Learning (additional set of specialist modules)


  • Evidence-based pedagogy and planning

  • Deepening subject and curriculum knowledge and supporting pupil progression

  • Using and understanding data and assessment

  • Personal effectiveness

  • Supporting SEND and managing other adults in the classroom

  • Classroom skills, including behaviour management

  • Developing skills as a lead practitioner


The ECT programme will run across the academic year and consist of six, 90 minute sessions delivered by highly skilled lead teacher facilitators in each module area.

The six modules are offered to all teachers at a level determined by a diagnostic tool to support the identification of development needs with the seventh module reserved for teachers who are ready for leadership. All participants should have an identified sponsor in their school who can provide mentoring support during the programme to maximise the application of learning in the school context.

To provide an example, Zara is about to start her fourth year of teaching; she is a capable practitioner who is ready to develop skills at a high level. She is interested in leadership and hopes to gain responsibility in the near future. Her diagnostic identified the training programme illustrated below:

Module Teaching Foundation Developing Teacher Confident Teacher
1 Evidence-based pedagogy and planning

2 Deepening subject and curriculum knowledge and supporting pupil progression

3 Using and understanding data and assessment

4 Personal effectiveness

5 Supporting SEND and managing other adults in the classroom

6 Classroom skills including behaviour management

7 Developing skills as a Lead Practitioner

Zara would book in for sessions across the year offered via the website links sent to her once the school have agreed her place on the programme.

Sessions will be mainly offered outside of school teaching hours via our virtual classroom. Where there is local demand the programme can be run as a series of face to face sessions.  All participants will be invited to our day conference in July which will be held in the North West.

Star Institute can offer additional enhancements to the programme including school visits to support teacher development and coach training for mentors. Please note that there will be an additional cost for this work.


The programme commences in October and completes with a conference in July.


Attendance is generally via our virtual classroom where the facilitator will be waiting to start the session.


£390 per ECT


Please register your interest on our enquiry form, call 0330 313 9870 or email

Key Information

Programme ECT Programme
Duration 3 terms
Entry requirements Teachers from NQT to fifth year
How to apply Register interest with Star Institute

£390 per ECT