Career progression

Teacher training will set you up to succeed from the very beginning. The variety of opportunities available means you’re always learning as a teacher and adding to your range of professional skills. You’ll develop the talents to succeed in your career, and realise many professional and personal ambitions.

Early Career Framework reforms

As part of the Department’s Recruitment and Retention Strategy in 2019, the DfE published the Early Career Framework (ECF). This sets out what you should learn about and learn how to do early in your career, to help you thrive in your first few years.

The framework underpins an entitlement to professional development for early career teachers, including a funded, two-year package of structured training and support away from the classroom to help you feel more confident and in control in your teaching role. With an extended period of enhanced support, you will be able to take the steps you want knowing there’s a mentor and training to support you towards a successful career.

Early roll-out of the ECF reforms will take place from Autumn 2020 in the North East, Doncaster, Bradford and Greater Manchester, with national roll-out starting from September 2021. In addition, providers will also offer a one-year version of the structured support for 3,000 more early career teachers across the country from this Autumn. The Department will also be publishing the high quality training materials developed for the ECF reforms in August 2020, a year ahead of schedule.

You can find out more about the framework here.


Being a leader in a school could encompass a number of different roles, from taking charge of a year group or a particular key stage, all the way up to becoming a deputy or headteacher. In these areas you’ll have a large influence in the school, setting high standards and ensuring continuous improvement throughout the school.

There are also schemes such as the Future Leaders accelerated leadership programme, which offers opportunities to qualified teachers who are ready to lead challenging secondary schools and tackle educational disadvantage.

Focus on your subject

If you’re passionate about your subject area, you can pursue a career as a head of department or even as a leading practitioner. In these positions you’ll still have time in the classroom, but enjoy additional responsibilities – from training new teachers to acting as a leading authority on your subject within the school.

Pastoral care

If you’re particularly interested in ensuring the welfare of students throughout their education, a pastoral role might be for you. This can range from guiding a tutor group through school to becoming a head of year. You could also take on the role of a mentor for young people with special educational needs.

A salary to match your talent

The pay rises generally happen quickly too – and recent reforms mean that schools now have more freedom over how to pay their teachers. This means that your salary will be linked more closely to performance, so you can get out what you put in and access greater rewards even earlier in your career – find out more about teachers’ salaries.

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