DfE Funding for the Early Careers Framework
The latest DfE funding information can be found here
The DfE supports schools with additional funding for ECF-based training. This is paid directly to schools and covers:
- 5% off timetable for early career teachers (ECTs) in year 2 of induction, for induction activities including ECF-based training and mentor sessions
- a dedicated mentor for each ECT, based on 20 hours of mentoring in year 2 of induction
The following additional funding is provided if a school selects the DfE-funded training provider option:
- training delivered to ECTs by the lead provider or delivery partner, paid directly to lead providers
- training delivered to mentors by the lead provider or delivery partner, paid directly to lead providers
- 36 hours of mentor time off timetable for training over 2 years, paid directly to schools
Schools that are not eligible for funding can arrange an ECF-based training programme directly with a lead provider, but will need to fund the programme themselves.
Year 1: Full Induction Programme Funding
Schools will receive core funding through the dedicated school grant (DSG) which is calculated by the DfE using the National Funding Formula. This formula is based primarily on pupil/student numbers. Details can be found here.
For schools selecting FIP only the ECF lead providers will be paid directly by the DfE removing payment burdens for the school.
Read https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-and-eligibility-for-ecf-based-training to find out more about how the DfE funding model works.
Funding is paid directly to schools in the summer of Year 2. It covers the cost of giving each ECT:
- 5% off timetable in year 2 of induction
- 20 hours of mentor support in year 2 of induction
This funding is calculated using the average hourly rate for mentors and early career teachers, split by region.
|Year 2 funding||England (excluding the London Area)||Inner London Area||Outer London Area||Fringe Area|
|Rounded cost per ECT||£1,200||£1,500||£1,400||£1,300|
|Rounded cost per mentor||£900||£1,100||£1,000||£900|
Data on ECTs and mentors is collected by the DfE through the school workforce census to minimise the administrative burden on schools.
Backfill payments for mentorship training
Schools using training providers also receive backfill payments to cover 36 hours of time off timetable for training per mentor, over 2 years.
The Department for Education (DfE) calculates this funding using the average hourly rate for mentors, split by region and backfill payments are made directly to schools.
|Mentor time off timetable for training||England (excluding the London area)||Inner London area||Outer London area||Fringe area|
|36 hours (2 years of training)||£1,576.10||£1,929.24||£1,737.14||£1,623.24|
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