Appropriate Body

Appropriate Body

The online portal we use for Appropriate Body is ECT Manager. Please click here to access.

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.

Please click here to download the DfE Statutory Guidance. 

Professional Progress Reviews and Formal Assessments

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.

The induction period is automatically extended prior to completion when an ECT’s absence per year of induction (or equivalent for part-time teachers) total 30 days or more.

Professional Progress Reviews

The Induction Tutor is expected to review the ECT’s progress against the Teachers’ Standards throughout the induction period, with progress reviews taking place in each term where a formal assessment is not scheduled (term 1, 2, 4 and 5). Progress reviews will be recorded by the Induction Tutor using the progress review template on ECT Manager with a summary of strengths and areas to develop against each of the Teachers’ Standards.  

Where the Induction Tutor believes the ECT is not making satisfactory progress it is expected they outline the support plan they have put in place to assist the ECT in getting back on track. Both the Induction Tutor and ECT will be expected to sign off the progress review (with the ECT being able to add comments if they wish) and will have access to the review for their own records. It is recommended that copies are supplied to the Mentor and where an ECT is not on track to the Headteacher also. The Appropriate Body will monitor progress reviews submitted on ECT Manager to identify any ECTs that may be a cause for concern. 

Guidance for induction tutors writing reports

Formal Assessments

ECTs should have formal assessments carried out by the Induction Tutor. ECTs should receive an assessment in the final term of the first year (term 3) and in the final term of the second year of induction (term 6). Evidence to support these assessments is the minimum of 1 observation completed by a member of the senior leadership team.  

The final assessment meeting is at the end of the induction period and will form the basis of the Headteacher’s recommendation to the Appropriate Body as to whether, having completed their induction period, the ECT’s performance against the Teachers’ Standards is satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or whether or not an extension should be considered. This recommendation should be recorded on the final assessment form. 

How to upload evidence for assessments on ECT Manager

Interim Assessments

When an ECT leaves a post after completing more than one term in an institution but before the next formal assessment would be required, the Induction Tutor should complete an interim assessment. ECT Manager will automatically generate an interim assessment when the Induction Tutor indicates on the review that their ECT will not remain at the school for the next assessment period. 

ECT Manager – Online Portal

The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub Appropriate Body uses an online system (ECT Manager) to manage the completion and submission of all progress reviews, formal assessments and interim assessments. For training on this system please contact the Appropriate Body team or watch our videos here. 

Quality Assurance Visits

The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub Appropriate Body will complete quality assurance visits each year. The AB lead will ask to speak to the Headteacher, Induction Tutor and a selection of ECTs and ECMs. A record will be kept of each visit and a feedback and recommendations letter sent to each school following the visit.  

Please click here to download our Quality Assurance Visits Policy

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