Appropriate Body

The role of the Appropriate Body (AB)

Appropriate Body (AB) services quality assure the statutory induction of Early Career Teachers (ECTs), ensuring that schools provide the necessary support for their ECTs; that their assessment is fair and consistent; and that they are receiving a programme of support and training based on the Early Career Framework (ECF).

In order to start their induction period, an ECT needs to be registered with an Appropriate Body. Retrospective registrations are not possible and there must be at least one term's notice to ensure ECTs are eligible for induction. In accordance with the statutory guidance, the post must be suitable for an ECT. Please contact us for more advice or if you have any questions on ECT registration or post suitability.

Appropriate Body reform: What is changing?

From 2024, TSHs will become the main provider of AB services (except for specialist ABs for some independent and overseas schools). Local Authorities (LAs) will withdraw from their AB role.
● From September 2023 they will not take on any additional ECTs.
● From September 2024 they will cease operating as ABs.

Schools need to work out:
● Whether they can/would prefer to keep ECTs starting induction in 2022/23 with their current AB until September 2024;
● Or they could move all existing ECTs to the new AB at the same time.

You can learn more about what these changes mean for your school by reading our AB reform resources:

Frequently asked questions

Reform overview and rationale

Key information

How to register for our provider-led ECT programme

  1. Register your school for our provider-led ECT programme here.
  2. Register your ECTs and mentors for training funding here.
  3. Register your ECTs with an Appropriate Body (AB) here

We will be providing AB services for ECTs starting their two year ECF programme in September 2023, however, you can talk to us about AB by contacting us.

Phone: 01603 733443