Appropriate Body Introduction

Appropriate Body Introduction

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Statutory induction is the bridge between initial teacher training and a career in teaching. It combines a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue, underpinned by the Early Career Framework, with monitoring and an assessment of performance against the Teachers’ Standards.

The programme should support the early career teacher and provide them with the necessary training to ensure that they can demonstrate that their performance against the Teachers’ Standards is satisfactory by the end of the period. Induction should provide a foundation for ECTs and equip them with the tools to be an effective and successful teacher.

The Teachers’ Standards will be used to assess an ECT’s performance at the end of their induction period. The decision about whether an ECT’s performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory upon completion of induction should take into account the ECT’s work context and must be made on the basis of what can be reasonably expected of an ECT by the end of their induction period within the context of the standards.

Judgements should reflect the expectation that ECTs have effectively consolidated their initial teacher training (ITT) and demonstrated their ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards consistently over a sustained period in their practice. The ECF is not and should not be used as an assessment tool.

Changes from September 2021

  • The term early career teacher (ECT) replaces newly qualified teacher (NQT).
  • The standard length of induction has been increased from one school year to two school years.
  • In addition to the 10% timetable reduction that ECTs receive in their first year of induction, ECTs will also receive a 5% timetable reduction in the second year of induction.
  • Schools are expected to deliver an induction period that is underpinned by the ECF. Appropriate bodies will have a role in checking that an ECF-based induction is in place.
  • The role of the mentor has been introduced. The mentor will have a key role in supporting the ECT during induction and is separate to the role of the induction tutor.
  • There will be two formal assessment points. One midway through induction after term three, and one at the end of the induction period. These will be supported by regular progress reviews to monitor progress, to take place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled.
  • In cases where ECTs working part-time can demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards, the appropriate body is able to reduce the length of the induction period and bring forward the final assessment point. This decision is only to be made in agreement with the ECT and once the ECT has completed a period covering, but not equivalent to, two school years.
  • The number of ad-hoc absences permitted has been extended, in line with the extended length of induction.

DfE ECF induction and training: additional information for early career teachers

DfE ECF induction and training: additional information for school leaders

DfE ECF induction and training: additional information for mentors


ECT Appropriate Body Services

To register your ECT with The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub as the Appropriate Body, please complete the registration form and return to


Service Level Agreement 2021-2023

ECT AB Charges

Click here for our ECT Appropriate Body portal

Click here to watch our webinar “Introduction to ECT Portal”

Click here to watch our webinar “Revisiting the Role of the Induction Tutor”

Full Induction Programme (FIP)

You will need to register your school and your ECT and ECM details with our lead provider, Best Practice Network.

Click here to add a registration for your school.

Click here to add a registration for your Early Career Teacher or Early Career Mentor – deadline for April cohort is 4th April 2022

Click here for more information on the FIP.

Click here to read the ECF Induction Tutor FAQs

Click here to watch the webinar “ECF – Induction Tutor Welcome”

Department for Education

Click here for the DfE link for Induction Tutors to register their school and manage the statutory training for their Early Career Teachers.

For assistance, please telephone 0370 000 2288 or email

Click here for the Statutory Induction Guidance