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CPTSH and Teach First announce partnership to deliver Early Career Framework

From September 2024, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Teaching School Hub (CPTSH) will partner with Teach First to deliver the DfE-funded provider led Early Career Framework (ECF) to all schools, regardless of phase or type.

The two-year ECF programme will continue to be provided by CPTSH’s team of expert facilitators from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Hub area, to ensure that local contexts are responded to within the overall development offer for teachers at the start of their career. 

CPTSH, which last week received Teaching School Hub accreditation for the next four years to continue to deliver the ‘golden thread’ for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has been working with Teach First to design, deliver and recruit to nine reformed NPQs for the past two-and-a-half years. This extension of this partnership has been welcomed by both organisations.

“Through our NPQs collaboration we have developed an extremely positive relationship with Teach First and this is a natural next step,” said CPTSH Hub Lead Lynne Birch. “We have a shared vision to ensure that every child receives the best possible education, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the same ambition to provide high-quality professional development for teachers. As an organisation that is recognised as outstanding by Ofsted for both ECF and ITT provision, we are confident that the partnership with Teach First will enable us to effectively deliver the recently-announced enhanced CCF/ECF framework.”

Teach First CEO Russell Hobby commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with CPTSH to deliver the ECF from this September, helping nearly 600 teachers in the early stages of their career. This partnership builds on our already-strong relationship with the Teaching School Hub as it delivers our NPQ programmes to their teachers and leaders in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and shows our shared values in wanting to bring high-quality provision to teachers at the start of their career.”

Since CPTSH was established in September 2021, it has engaged 74% of schools in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region, supported 992 Early Career Teachers, 936 Mentors and 583 NPQ participants, and sought to both understand and respond to specific barriers and gaps in accessing evidence-based professional development as well as establishing valuable networks and partnerships to enhance high-quality evidence-based teacher training and development across the region.

“Going forward, our objective is to ensure that our Teaching School Hub offer is a sustainable model with continued capacity to deliver the ‘golden thread’, including building on engagement and involvement with schools, trusts and partnerships and continuing to seek feedback to deliver personalised, locally-led, professional development, as well as supporting ITT provision right across the region,” Lynne explained. “We exist, ultimately, to support Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools and trusts in having the best professional development offer from the moment someone decides they want to train as a teacher and throughout their career.”


Lynne Birch