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There is no such thing as a great school without great teachers. Here at Inspire Learning North West we believe that developing great teachers is the key to ensuring a world class education system. Teaching is a unique profession that involves a blend of professional knowledge and skill, personal challenge, and a deep sense of purpose. It is a complex, yet extremely rewarding job. We believe that supporting teachers right from the beginning of their careers is essential to making our vision of a world class education for all, a reality.

The Early Career Framework (ECF) is part of new, statutory reforms by the Department for Education (DfE) designed to significantly improve the experience of Early Career Teachers (ECTs). As of September 2021, all teachers new to the profession will have a two-year induction period and, during this, they will have to follow a programme of professional development covering the ECF. At Inspire Learning North West, we are proud to have been selected by the DfE as an official delivery partner for the Full Induction Programme for the ECF. We are very pleased to be working with University College London (UCL) to help us do this and we will be working with a wide range of partners across our region to shape the ECF content, meeting the bespoke needs of new teachers in our area.

Our vision is to help new teachers understand the rich complexity of teaching by combining the research evidence informed content of the ECF, with local knowledge and expertise. If you want to join us on this journey towards a world class education system, please contact us. If you have new teachers (ECTs) joining your school in the academic year 2021/22, please sign up with our expression of interest form here and we will be in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have received an update from UCL today that their discussions with the DfE have allowed for further acceptance of ECTs and Mentors onto the Summer program despite the previously stated window of enrollment having passed. UCL have stated that any ECTs added to the DfE portal before 9am Wednesday 18 May 2022 will be enrolled into Cohort 1 as an ‘April starter’ and will be uploaded onto the UCL Databases by close of business Thursday 19 May 2022.

  • ALL DfE enrollments of your new ECTs/Mentors must be made before the DEADLINE of 9am Wednesday 18 May. This means you need to login to the DfE portal and input your participants specific details.
  • ALL enrolled ECT/Mentors must accept the Privacy Statement on UCLeXtend by DEADLINE Tuesday 24 May 2022 to activate their account. This can be found on the first page of UCLeXtend once logged in for the first time. You may need to scroll down on the ‘landing page’ to find a small PDF document to open entitled “Privacy Agreement”. Often located underneath the first video.
  • Once the Privacy Statement is agreed, all learning materials will be accessible.
  • If these requirements are not met within the specified deadlines then your ECT/Mentors will need to await September enrolment in Cohort 2.
  • Inspire Learning will reconcile all new entries upon the shared database with UCL on Monday 23 May and communicate new cluster groups to you for ongoing participation in Facilitated sessions.

Please refer to the link for specific guidance regarding the enrolment process should you need it;

Once your registration on the DfE portal has been approved, DfE will update UCL who in turn issue you with a UCLeXtend login, this will arrive via email. If you are unable to locate this email, please take the following steps:-


  1. Go to  
  2. Ensure on the login page they go to “Already have an account”  
  3. That the Username is the email address given on the DfE portal.  
  4. Enter the password that they have received in an autogenerated email from UCLeXtend.  
  5. If the participant cannot locate this autogenerated email they will need to do a password reset and then repeat steps 1&2.  
  6. If the participant still cannot access the platform please email a screenshot to the UCL team at  

All participants’ on the ECT programme are listed as ‘Learners’ and then their status i.e. ECT, Mentor or Induction Tutor is also listed.

For schools wishing to work with us and enroll their ECTs on the Full Induction Programme, everything is free at the point of service. Schools receive additional funding to contribute towards releasing ECT mentors across the year.

Only teachers who are brand new into the profession from September 2021 are required to follow the new statutory induction process. Therefore, only these teachers qualify for the associated funding.

It is recommended that each ECT has their own mentor. Ideally this should be someone working closely with them (similar year group, subject etc.) Schools will also need an induction tutor who leads the more formal side of induction (i.e. assessment against teacher standards etc.) Schools opting for the Full Induction Programme will receive training for mentors, which is fully funded.

It is a statutory requirement that all teachers new to the profession from September 2021 must follow the ECF and have a two-year induction period. Schools can choose how they do this but the DfE recommend the Full Induction Programme as the first choice.

For now, please complete the expression of interest form and we will be in touch. You will also be receiving an invitation to an online service from the DfE – you will need to indicate that you wish to do the Full Induction Programme with UCL on  there.