Appropriate Body

What is Appropriate Body?

Appropriate Body is completely separate from the Early Career Framework (ECF), it is a quality assurance role within the induction process of the Early Career Teacher (ECT). The ECF is a 2-year professional development programme, fully funded by the DfE. Early Career Teachers need to be signed up for the ECF and Appropriate Body next year.

If you have signed up to Ambition for the Early Career Framework though the Three Rivers Teaching School Hub, the Appropriate Body cost will be £150 per year.

Our Offer

In addition to the training and development of your Early Career Teacher via the Ambition programme, we will also offer:

  • Registration of your Early Career Teacher (ECT) via The Teacher Regulation Agency
  • Fair and regular assessments of ECT's through the monitoring of progress reviews (term 1,2,4 and 5) and formal assessment points at the end of term 3 and 6
  • Additional support for ECTs not meeting Teacher/Induction Standards
  • Induction training for headteacher (or induction tutor), mentor and ECT
  • Centralised point of contact for all schools and ECTs and dedicated helpline for support throughout the year
  • Induction handbook provided to support the school and mentors
  • Quality assurance observations
  • Regional ECT welcome meetings
  • Half termly ECT newsletters
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The Framework

The DfE is keen for all schools to follow a full induction programme. We also offer a Core Induction and DIY package for any school interested in developing their own Framework. If you wish to follow your own Early Career Framework programme, additional fidelity checks will be required.

Our Appropriate Body Offer

  1. Core Induction Programme

    Fidelity checks: will need to take place 3 times per year (3 half day checks at an SLE rate)

    School costs: £525 per year plus £225 per year per each ECT


    • Fidelity check before the start of the induction period by the AB. To include the materials and sessions are in line with the statutory guidance for induction and meet the ECF induction programme standards.

    • AB to register ECTs on the TRA system

    • Ensure ECTs fairly and regularly assessed through collection of monitoring  progress reviews (term 1,2,4 and 5) and formal assessment points at the end of term 3 and 6.

    • Satisfaction surveys completed at term 3 and 6.

    • Schools to provide detailed breakdown of the programme for years 1 and 2 showing how the ECF statements are sequenced for the induction period.

    • Additional observation(s)/quality assurance of ECF core induction programme throughout the two years.

    • Additional support for ECTs not meeting Teacher/Induction Standards

    • Induction training for headteacher (or induction tutor), mentor and ECT

    • Centralised point of contact for all schools and ECTs and dedicated helpline for support throughout the year

    • Induction handbook provided to support the school and mentors.

    • Quality assurance observations 

    • Regional ECT welcome meetings

    • Half termly ECT newsletters

  2. DIY programme

    Fidelity checks: will need to take place 3 times per year (3 half day checks at an SLE rate)

    School costs: £1050 per year plus £225 per year per each ECT


    • AB to register ECTs on the TRA system.

    • Fidelity check before the start of the induction period by the AB. Checks to ensure:

    • ECTs receive a programme of support and training based on the ECF induction programme,

    • the induction’s design covers the evidence-based statements in the ECF 

    • ECTs have received planned elements of the induction.  

    • Checks to ensure the materials and sessions are in line with the statutory guidance for induction and meet the ECF standards.

    • Ensure ECTs are fairly and regularly assessed through collection of monitoring  progress reviews (term 1,2,4 and 5) and formal assessment points at the end of term 3 and 6.

    • Satisfaction surveys completed at term 3 and 6.

    • Additional observation(s)/quality assurance of ECF school-designed programmes throughout the two years.

    • Schools to provide detailed breakdown of the programme for years 1 and 2 showing how the ECF statements are sequenced for the induction period

    • Induction training for headteacher (or induction tutor), mentor and ECT

    • Centralised point of contact for all schools and ECTs and dedicated helpline for support throughout the year

    • Induction handbook provided to support the school and mentors.

    • Quality assurance observations 

    • Regional ECT welcome meetings

    • Half termly ECT newsletter

    • ABs will be expected to check in a greater level of detail where schools have opted to design their own school based programme due to the greater risk that a school based induction could diverge from the ECF when DfE accredited materials are not used as the basis for an induction programme. ‘DfE April 2021’

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Fill in the form below to register your interest in our Appropriate Body offer and we will get back in touch with further information.

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