early career teachers distance learning module

For Early Career Teachers (ECTs) - A bespoke 20 credit Distance Learning module ‘Reflecting on Professional Practice' - offered at Masters Level and immersed in the Teachers' Standards and the Early Career Framework (ECF).

module information

  • Location: Distance Learning - delivered online
  • Support: Online drop-in sessions including peer support available throughout to address individual needs
  • Duration of study: 6 months (approx.)
  • Credits: 20 Masters level credits

Please see guidance on how to apply online.

We want to support you through your ECT year by making your teaching experience count towards master’s level credits. 

You can enrol on the above ECT distance learning module and earn 20 credits towards a master’s qualification while you work with your school mentor during your ECT induction year(s).

The module will enable you to critically reflect on your performance and capability as a teacher working within the context of the Teachers’ Standards and ECF. It is designed to support you in developing outstanding classroom practice using reflection and evidence-based learning to engage with the Teachers’ Standards. As a result, your teaching will become more effective and you will have an increasingly positive impact on the learning outcomes for pupils. Reflecting on Professional Practice is characterised by a critical approach to day-to-day practice in the key areas associated with the Teachers’ Standards. The module will help you develop and use reflective practice to bring forward ideas to achieve the Teachers’ Standards through engaging with the early career framework at outstanding level, enabling you to enhance your own practice and the practice of others.

To complete your module, you will submit assessed tasks throughout the module including a final reflection of 1000 words that draws from the evidence of the completed portfolio of tasks. 

This ECT module has received excellent reviews - below are some comments quoted from previous module participants:

Excellent support online – module added depth to my understanding about the teachers' standards.


This module has made research / evidence informed teaching to  become part of my routine.


The module has added purpose to my ECT year and kept me connected with research, I now want to finish my Masters!


The module starts in November.

Please read the guidance carefully before applying. We look forward to your application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


The module, through reflective practice, will lead to more evidence informed and practice-based approaches to teaching. It will enable you to engage with the early careers framework (ECF) at a deeper level to achieve outstanding outcomes.


Your induction will occur within a scaffolded environment - Along with the instructional coaching that you will receive during induction, reflective practice will transform this into a high-quality classroom practice experience.


This is a distance learning module. There will be drop-in sessions prior to each task and participants will receive regular feedback. Online support will be available throughout via the VLE along with peer support. Resources made available to you during ECT induction will widen the scope of your participation.


The module is offered at a discounted rate of £300. You will receive 20 credits at Masters’ level.

  • As a reflective practitioner, you will recognize and capitalize on strengths of your teaching and grow in confidence in your role as a beginner teacher
  • You will feel ready to take on an area of responsibility that could lead to further opportunities for leadership roles
  • You may wish to pursue further modules to build up your credits

Get in touch

Please feel free to email Yasmin Valli (SFHEA Principal Lecturer, NQT Coordinator) for any further clarification