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1st & 2nd December 2021 | 2pm to 6pm daily (Also available on-demand)

An online conference hosted by SecEd and Headteacher Update 

One in three early career teachers (ECTs) will leave the profession within their first five years. The support they receive during this crucial period is key to protect their wellbeing, work/life balance, and ensure they survive and thrive at the chalkface.

At the same time, the role of ECT mentors has been expanded to a two-year programme of support under the Early Career Framework (ECF), presenting a new challenge to mentors across the country.

This essential and timely online conference is aimed at both early career teachers and their mentors.

We are seeking to equip ECTs to thrive during their first years in the classroom, support mentors to offer the best support possible during this period and help schools to play their part in protecting the teaching talent of the future.

Our programme features a range of leading experts, including ECTs and experienced mentors, and all sessions at the event will be practical in nature – seeking to offer ideas, advice, tips and solutions. Key themes include protecting workload and work/life balance, effective mentoring practice, how to be a good mentee, classroom practice including marking, assessment and pedagogy, supporting SEND students, professional reflection and development, common pitfalls to avoid, and more.

The event also includes a focus on the implications of the Early Career Framework, which was rolled out nationally from September 2021. We will be considering how things are going and any early challenges we are seeing with the ECF roll-out.

The conference will be streamed live online across two days and will be available on-demand for three months after the event.

There will be 12 presentations delivered live and a further four sessions offered as on-demand downloads for delegates to access via the event platform.

As well as the presentations, delegates attending the live event will be able to enjoy networking time, special presentations from event partners, and the conference chat function, which gives access to presenters, the conference chair, useful links and resources. All presentations and related resources will be available to download, either during the event or on-demand.

Summary of topics

We have a range of expert speakers including practising mentors and school leaders, wellbeing experts, teaching gurus, workforce experts, and others.

The event will feature four keynote sessions, aimed at both primary and secondary school colleagues:

  • The ECF in Practice: What have been the lessons learned so far this term, the challenges and the best practice solutions to effective ECF implementation?
  • Me, My Mentor and I: An inside look at the key tenets of a successful ECT-mentor relationship.
  • From novice to expert: Practical advice on how ECTs can set out on the road to teaching expertise while keeping their workload in check
  • Rights, entitlements, trouble-shooting and best practice: Are you getting your rights and entitlements to support and training, both as an ECT and ECT mentor?

 In addition to the keynote sessions, the live event features eight workshop sessions:

  • The ECF Roll-out: Lessons Learned so far, advice for mentors and tips for ECTs
  • Top 5 Pitfalls To Avoid as an ECT
  • Building your teaching toolkit
  • It doesn't need to take hours: Effective marking & feedback
  • How to be a good mentee
  • SEND: A guide for ECTs
  • Mentoring a diverse ECT workforce
  • Are you listening? Deeper level listening for ECT mentors

 The event will feature three further sessions available as bonus on-demand downloads:

  • Understanding and reducing teacher anxiety
  • Practical ideas for using metacognition in your teaching
  • Prioritising Your Wellbeing as an Early Career Teacher

Who should attend?

This event is designed for those working within the primary or secondary education sectors and is relevant to:

  • Early Career Teachers
  • Mentors and coaches working in schools
  • Senior leaders with responsibility for ECTs, CPD, Staff Wellbeing
  • Heads of Year
  • Education advisors
  • Governors


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