Next steps on the new support offer for your Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), based on the Early Career Framework (ECF).

  • How to register your interest for the programmes on offer
  • How to attend an event to meet the providers.

 Background – what it’s all about

In January 2019 the Department for Education published the Early Career Framework (ECF) which sets out all of the things that a newly qualified teacher (NQT) needs to learn and master in their first 2 years of teaching.

To ensure your NQT’s Early Career Professional Development is built on shared national criteria, the government is funding a 2-year entitlement to professional development based on the ECF. We have selected providers to bring the framework to life in a blended programme of face-to-face and self-directed professional development for NQTs, along with new training for mentors. This 2-year programme will provide a step-change in the support on offer to NQTs and will ensure their progression and learning is consistent, wherever their career takes them.

This September, DfE is rolling out this programme in four areas, including Bradford. Your school has the chance to benefit from this funded programme a year ahead of the national roll-out.

 What you need to do now

We understand that schools vary and choice is important. So, DfE has selected four providers, each developing their own set of materials based on the ECF framework. If you are interested in taking part, then you will be able to select a programme which best suits your school’s needs.

If you will have NQTs starting in your school or trust in September 2020, there are three things that you need to do:

Where can you meet the four providers?

The DfE is hosting four Meet the Provider Events – one in each of the roll-out areas. These will give you the opportunity to see what is on offer and ask the providers directly any specific questions you may have.

To secure your place at the events, please click on the links below:

Tuesday 24th March 2020: Bradford 

Friday 27th March 2020: Doncaster

Tuesday 31st March 2020: the North East

Friday 3rd April 2020: Greater Manchester

If you can’t make it to one of the events in person, you can sign up for a webinar on Wednesday 22nd April. Secure your place for the webinar here.

 Next steps

Over the coming months, we will be sending out regular updates to provide further information about the ECF early roll-out. If you have any further questions, please get in touch via the DfE mailbox. Further information can be found on our website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the Meet the Provider Events.

Best Wishes,

The Early Career Framework team

Burley and Woodhead English Hub

The English Hub is setting up an Open University/UK Literacy Association Teacher Reading Group, which will provide 6 free CPD sessions on reading for pleasure, delivered by their specialists. Please see the attached leaflet for more information on the course and how to register your interest.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Raising Aspirations Pilot for Schools and Colleges


The Raising Aspirations Pilot will provide support for secondary schools and colleges to address the needs of disadvantaged pupils and will fund projects which seek to raise their aspirations.

From early April, colleges, secondary schools or a consortium of secondary schools will be able to apply for grants ranging from £7,000 to £50,000. Projects should support an increase in activity to raise aspirations amongst disadvantaged pupils by strengthening engagement with employers, widening pupil’s experiences of jobs beyond their home communities or engagement with young role models working in priority sectors. An evaluation of the pilot will also be undertaken, and the pilot will culminate in a best practice workshop.

The Combined Authority has been delivering the Enterprise in Education service since 2015 and is currently working with 90% of Leeds City Region’s secondary schools and colleges. This pilot provides a unique opportunity to address ‘cold spots’ through a fund only available to schools and colleges in order to design solutions for the most disadvantaged communities. The pilot will also deliver against the Strategic Economic Plan’s priority of “skilled people, better jobs, great education connected to the business”.

The Combined Authority will be responsible for managing the scheme and it will enhance and complement the work undertaken by the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Enterprise Coordinators. Applications for grant funding will be made against an eligibility criteria.

Aim of the pilot

  • Pilot a grant scheme that allows schools flexibility to tailor innovative solutions for employer engagement, according the need of their students, to raise aspirations.
  • Support secondary schools and colleges to achieve high quality careers education and demonstrate progress towards the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ in line with the Government’s Careers Strategy 2018
  • Support the Combined Authority’s ambition to give extra support to the most disadvantaged learners to increase aspirations and promote social mobility.

The scheme will aim to deliver an enhanced model of enterprise education to 3,500 most disadvantaged learners in the Leeds City Region and will engage an additional 20 employers to deliver 6,000 employer encounters.

How will the pilot work?

  • The call will be open for an initial period of 12 weeks. A further call may follow depending on how many projects are supported in the first round.
  • An Enterprise Coordinator will, as part of their caseload of schools/colleges, act as the Combined Authority Lead and support schools with their application.
  • Schools and colleges will complete a full application form using guidance notes.

What funding is available?

The pilot will award grants ranging from £7,000 to £50,000 to mainstream secondary schools and colleges.

Grants can be used to support new or existing projects (with no displacement of funds); non-staffing/administration costs; staff cover costs; training costs; transportation cost; volunteer expenses; physical materials; small-scale equipment.


A school or college must:

  • Be a state funded secondary school or college located in the Leeds City Region. This includes mainstream secondary schools including special educational needs and pupil referral unit provision where pupils are ‘on roll’.
  • Be a part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Adviser Network
  • Have a nominated ‘Careers Leader’ in place who is committed to or has already undertaken relevant training.

An application / project must:

  • Benefit young people aged 11-18 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (up to 25 for SEND pupils).
  • Be a new project or increase the scale of an existing project. Grants cannot be used for displacement of existing activity.
  • Involve employer engagement either directly with pupils or indirectly through other beneficiaries such as teachers and parents/carers.
  • Commence and complete between September 2019 and July 2020.



Activity Date
Raising Aspirations Schools Pilot opens Early April
Final deadline for applications 21 June 2019
In principal decision


Letters issued to schools 8 – 17 July
Delivery of projects supported by the Raising Aspirations Schools Pilot September 2019 – July 2020
Evaluation of activities and collated case studies May 2020 – October 2020


More detail is available to all applicants through the guidance notes.

To find out more about the pilot, please contact the Enterprise in Education Team at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Tel: 01133481812, Email:

Bradford Opportunity Area – funding for literacy

As part of Priority 1 in our delivery plan (strengthening school leadership and the quality of teaching), the Opportunity Area invested in support for primary literacy in 31 Bradford schools.


Schools were prioritised using a data-driven methodology. Each school was given a score in 8 equally weighted literacy metrics, which were:

  1. Proportion of students eligible for pupil premium funding in each school.
  2. Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) score for each school. This gives a percentage score based on the level of deprivation for a school’s postcode.
  3. Early Years Communication and Language scores, averaged over three years.
  4. Early Years Literacy scores, averaged over three years.
  5. Key Stage 1 scores in reading and writing, averaged over three years.
  6. Phonics scores (proportion of children passing the phonics check in Year 1) averaged over three years.
  7. Average progress scores in reading and writing at Key Stage Two, averaged over three years.
  8. Average attainment scores in reading and writing at Key Stage Two, averaged over three years.

For each metric, each school receives a priority score out of 1, based on how highly they score in this area. The priority scores for each metric are added up, to give an overall score out of 8 for each school. Schools did not have to score highly in every metric to be prioritised for support.

Schools that are already receiving (or were due to receive) funded OA school-to-school support* are removed from the list of prioritised schools. They are then replaced by the next-placed schools on the list.

The chart below demonstrates how the methodology works in order to prioritise schools.

Literacy chart

*The Opportunity Area also intends to publish the full list of schools receiving in OA-funded school-to-school support, and will do so in the coming months.

List of participating schools

  • All Saints Church of England Primary School
  • Beckfoot Allerton Primary School
  • Beckfoot Nessfield
  • Bowling Park Primary School
  • Brackenhill Primary School
  • Crossley Hall Primary School
  • Dixons Manningham Academy
  • Fagley Primary School
  • Farfield Primary and Nursery School
  • Farnham Primary School
  • Frizinghall Primary School
  • Grove House Primary School
  • Holybrook Primary School
  • Keighley St Andrew’s CofE Primary School and Nursery
  • Laycock Primary School
  • Lidget Green Primary School
  • Lower Fields Primary School
  • Miriam Lord Community Primary School
  • Our Lady of Victories Catholic School
  • Princeville Primary School
  • St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Clare’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Bradford)
  • St Mary’s & St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Oswald’s Church of England Primary Academy
  • St Philip’s CofE Primary School
  • St Stephen’s CofE Primary School
  • St William’s Catholic Primary School
  • Victoria Primary School
  • Whetley Academy

Essential Life Skills applications closed

The deadline for schools to submit applications for Essential Life Skills funding has now passed. No further applications will be accepted.

Funding for activities has been delivered to all 206 schools and colleges in Bradford Opportunity Area.

We thank schools for all their hard work in developing proposals, making applications and delivering activities for their pupils. We would like to ask that schools continue to complete monitoring returns as per the requirements of their grant agreements(

Any unclaimed funds will be utilised by the Opportunity Area to deliver a number of additional Essential Life Skills activities, including grants for young people (launching soon), a young entrepreneurs programme and STEM aspiration centres. More details to follow.

Primary School Networking Event

As part of the Opportunity Area’s Primary Careers programme, in collaboration with Bradford Pathways, the first of four networking events between primary headteachers/teachers and employers will be held on the 29th March 2019 at Bradford City Football Club.

The events are designed and developed in collaboration with primary school headteachers in order to support them build relationships with employers, and embed career awareness and aspirational activity in their curricula.

The Primary Careers programme will help tackle career stereotyping in primary school aged children (as identified by studies such as Drawing the Future) to help raise aspiration and enable greater access to rewarding careers.

All primary schools in the Opportunity Area are eligible to send up to two representatives to the event. There will be a further event in Keighley this academic year and two more next academic year.

To register for a place visit Eventbrite through the following link, Primary Careers Networking Event.

Essential Life Skills monitoring returns

Every school in the Opportunity Area has received funding to deliver Essential Life Skills activities to their pupils. Each term, in order to evaluate impact, we ask as part of each schools’ grant agreement that you return the following monitoring return to

A blank monitoring return can be found here.



This programme has been developed to tackle equality and diversity challenges and is for BME leaders aspiring to their next stage promoted leadership roles.  Participants will learn from each other and develop their effectiveness as leaders on a programme where they are in the majority. It explores the challenges and refines the existing tools of school leadership and school improvement to address issues of inequality. The programme also offers the opportunity for BME aspiring leaders to network, work collaboratively and receive peer support, guided by an outstanding regional team of Black leaders who are cognisant of the barriers to promotion that exist for BME professionals.

This is a positive action programme targeted at teachers are from BME background and:

  • who have been in teaching for at least 3 years
  • who are looking to move into leadership role in the next few years

COST: The Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow is funded by the DfE Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund (L&WY)

Download application form from:

There is further information available here: diverse leaders for tomorrow.

Closing date for applications 28th January 2019

List Teaching Vacancies for free on new DfE teacher recruitment website

The Department for Education has recently launched the Teaching Vacancies website. This is a free teaching vacancy listing service for schools, and is intended to tackle the significant costs that schools face when recruiting and advertising for staff. Instead of paying for adverts, schools can list available jobs on the site for free.

The service is available here:

The site is being rolled out in geographical phases and is due to be rolled out in Bradford in the week commencing January 14th. We want to make sure that schools in Bradford are all able to access the system as soon as it goes live.

In that week, every school will be sent a registration email centrally from the DfE team. You can sign up using that email, when it arrives. However, emails don’t always reach 100% of schools, as emails often go into school spam folders.

Therefore, if you want to sign up for the service in advance, you just need to complete the attached table and send it through to and The DfE team will then create an account for the school, allowing them to log into the service and list vacancies.

Each school simply needs to add in the details of the staff member(s) requiring access. Schools can have up to 10 log-in slots each. If anyone wants to have access across multiple schools (for example, a colleague working across a MAT, SCITT or TSA), they just need to put their name against each school. Colleagues can also use the spreadsheet to sign up multiple schools at once. There is also an example tab included for reference.

There will be an advertising campaign for Teaching Vacancies starting shortly, aiming to raise the profile of the service and to make it the first calling point for teachers looking for a new teaching role.

If you have any questions on the service, please get in touch with (in the Bradford OA team) or with Thomas Jackson (, who works in the team developing the website.

The Bradford Opportunity Area Team