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Appropriate Body Services (AB)

What is an Appropriate Body?

All schools that employ early career teachers (ECTs) are legally required to register with an AB. The AB is separate and independent of the Early Career Framework (ECF). The monitoring and assessment carried out by the AB is carefully sequenced to reflect the modules covered in the ECF, while ensuring that ECTs complete the ECF programme in accordance with Teachers’ Standards.

The AB has the main quality assurance role in the statutory induction of ECTs. They ensure schools are capable of meeting their responsibilities as well as ensuring the monitoring, support, assessment and guidance procedures in place are fair and appropriate.

Why choose us as your school Appropriate Body?

Our Appropriate Body service supports schools and teachers in a variety of ways, with our core functions being central to ensuring schools provide adequate support to teachers at the start of their teaching career. We have two key roles; monitoring support and monitoring assessment.

The benefits of our AB:

  • A point of contact within the Hub for all Appropriate Body and Early Career Framework (ECF)
  • Registration and monitoring progress of ECTs including reporting to the teacher regulation agency.
  • Advice and guidance on the induction of ECTs.
  • Fidelity checks for schools delivering core or school-led induction programmes.
  • Making decisions on the outcome of statutory induction for ECTs.
  • Monitoring ECT and mentor entitlements.
  • Access to ECT Manager, a user-friendly online platform.
  • Advice and targeted levels of support where ECT progress is causing concern/ECT is at risk of failure.
  • Quality assurance of progress review and assessment reports, against the Teachers’ Standards.
  • Quality assurance monitoring visits to schools.
  • Networking opportunities.

Cost of our Appropriate Body services

This will depend on the type of programme schools decide to use:

  • AB services with a lead provider is £250 per ECT per year.
  • AB services with delivery of your own training using DfE accredited materials £325 per ECT per year.
  • AB services with schools designing and delivering your own training programme is £500.

How to register

To use our Appropriate Body service, please complete our registration form.

For any further information about Appropriate Body services, contact us at:

South Yorkshire Teaching Hub, Silverdale School, Bents Crescent, Sheffield, S11 9QH 0114 235 7980