Early Career Framework

Early Career Professional Development – Mandarin Teacher Micro-programme

3 days
Saturday 26th November 2022 (rescheduled to Saturday 3rd December), Saturday 11th February 2023 & Friday 19th May 2023 on campus at UCL

This unique 3-day Mandarin-specific professional development micro-programme provides Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in UK-based schools with tailored and subject-specific support to further develop their teaching and learning practice. This will enable them to complete their induction period to a high level and meet Teachers’ Standards. In line with the DfE’s Early Career Framework, this micro-programme aims to complement the general ECT induction programme developed by DfE-funded providers.
Developed by UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools – a specialist teacher training provider and the representative organisation for Mandarin teaching and learning in UK schools – the programme stimulates ECTs’ reflection upon and reconsideration of their practice. With subject experts and highly experienced school teaching practitioners, ECTs will optimise their practice within and beyond the curriculum through workshops and joint practice development with peers.


Open to
First-Year and Second-Year Early Career Teachers of Mandarin in UK-based Schools

Available – Limited Places 


IOE Confucius Institute for Schools

Programme Information

Programme Aims

  • To provide subject-specific support (complementary to full/core induction programme) to first- and second-year Early Career Teachers
  • To support further development of teaching and learning practice (built on Initial Teacher Training and in line with Early Career Framework) within and beyond the curriculum
  • To stimulate reflection upon and reconsideration of current practice and new ideas in order to further develop pedagogical knowledge and skills
  • To promote joint practice development within the subject-specific ECT community

Who the programme is for

This programme has been developed specifically for first-year and second-year Early Career Teachers of Mandarin who will be working in UK-based schools in 2022-2023. All participants are expected to have completed their Initial Teacher Training (through a university-led ITT course, e.g. PGCE or PGDE, or school-based ITT, e.g. school direct or assessment route) and be holders of Qualified Teacher Status.

Programme Content

The programme consists of a range of interconnected areas and subject-specific topics.

  • Setting expectations for Mandarin learning with meaningful and inclusive planning
  • Increasing learning outcomes with scaffolded Mandarin-specific knowledge and skill development
  • Enhancing learners’ engagement through active learning and assessment for learning in the Mandarin classroom
  • Planning mid-/long-term learning and teaching with GCSE Mandarin
  • Promoting positive progress by all learners through differentiated instruction in the Mandarin classroom
  • Promoting positive behaviour for learning in the Mandarin classroom
  • Deepening Mandarin learning and developing independent learning through questioning and feedback
  • Working with others within and beyond school to promote Mandarin learning
  • Developing as a life-long learner and professional practitioner with effective workload management

Programme Structure

The programme will be delivered with three full-day face-to-face sessions on campus at UCL. The venue for each session will be confirmed through email prior to each session.

  • Session 1: Saturday 26th November 2022 (rescheduled to Saturday 3rd December), 10:15-17:00
  • Session 2: Saturday 11th February 2023, 10:15-17:00
  • Session 3: Friday 19th May 2023, 10:15-17:00

Total professional development time: 15 hours.


A programme completion certificate will be issued provided that the three full-day sessions have been fully attended and the inter-session tasks have been completed.


Free of charge for first-year and second-year Early Career Teachers of Mandarin in UK-based schools.

How to apply for this programme

The deadline to apply for this programme is Friday 16th September 2022.

Please click « Apply Now » below and fill out the application form.

We anticipate high demand for the limited places available on the programme. Therefore, potential participants should complete the application form below as soon as possible.

Please note: applications may close earlier than the above deadline if all places on the course are filled.

Please contact chinesenetworks@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions.

If your application is successful, an admission confirmation email will be sent to you and your Induction Tutor/Line Manager by the application closing date.

Programme Coordinator

Victor Wu

Teacher Training and Professional Development Coordinator