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Early Career Teachers

Students graduating from a teacher training course at St Mary's become an Early Career Teacher (ECT) when they accept their first position. Your school is responsible for registering you as an ECT and supporting you on this next level of training.

The Department for Education's Early Career Framework (ECF) sets out what early career teachers are entitled to learn about and learn how to do when they start their careers. It underpins a new entitlement for two years of professional development designed to help early career teachers develop their practice, knowledge and working habits.

The ECF is a two-year induction programme with a release from timetable of 10% in year one and 5% in year two.

You will have a mentor appointed for each year. It is expected that there will be significant benefits to a two-year structured programme of continuing professional development (CPD). We also hope that by your second year as an ECT you will give consideration to Master's modules run by St Mary's - you can find out more about the programmes on offer below.

ECT Newsletters

We hope that our St Mary's ECTs will stay in touch with us, and aim to provide support and guidance via our newsletters - click the relevant button below to download the latest Primary or Secondary edition.

Download the current primary ECT newsletter

Download the current secondary ECT newsletter

Continuing Professional Development

There are a number of routes to develop your practice as a teacher via our Master's programmes.

Education Masters programmes

Education degrees in Edinburgh

We also offer three of our Education postgraduate degree pathways in Edinburgh:

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