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.

What are your current options as a school in terms of AB?

The DfE has recently announced reform to the AB sector. From September 2023, Local Authorities will no longer be able to take on new ECTs. 

  • From September 2023, all new ECTs will need to be registered with their local Teaching School Hub
  • Between now and September 2023, schools are encouraged to contact their local Teaching School Hub directly for ECTs appointed ahead of that point

We are working closely with the Local Authorities within our Teaching School Hub region to ensure clear communication and a smooth transition of services.

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).