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​Appropriate Body​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Appropriate Bodies' Role: 

Monitoring of support – appropriate bodies will:

  • Check that Early Career Teachers are receiving their statutory entitlements, and that regard is had to the statutory guidance.
  • Provide ECF fidelity checks, ensuring schools are supported to provide ECTs with an ECF-based induction.

Monitoring of assessment – appropriate bodies will make the final decision as to whether the ECT has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards, based on the headteacher’s recommendation. 


What we provide to the school:

  • Responsive advice, support and guidance from an experienced and knowledgeable team. 
  • Access to our comprehensive Induction Guidance booklet and other associated resources and documents. 
  • Access to the ECT Manager website, a simple and secure paperless system for ECT registrations, assessments and induction resources. 
  • Quality assurance visits to a sample of schools to provide formative feedback and advice. 
  • Advice and support for schools if an ECT is at risk of not meeting the Teachers’ Standards. 
  • Panel to oversee quality assurance procedures and to agree applications for reduced or extended induction. 
  • Induction data provided as required to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). 
  • Induction Tutor/Lead update briefings. 
  • Training for Induction Tutors and Induction Leads who are new to the role. 
  • All ECTs registered with us will receive free membership of the Chartered College of Teaching for one year. 
  • Provide regular updates about induction to the Educational Establishment as appropriate.

What are the options for delivering the new statutory induction programme?

There are three options available to schools for the delivery of the new statutory induction programme.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub will deliver the DfE Funded Provider led ECF as a partner with EDT to all schools, regardless of phase or type.

Our 2-year programme will be delivered by a team of expert facilitators from our Hub area to ensure that we respond to our local contexts.

DfE Funded Provider

Schools are encouraged by the Department for Education (DfE) to choose a funded provider (formerly known as the Funded Induction Programme or FIP), approach to induction. This is a free-to-use training programme that offers high-quality training for Early Career Teachers and their mentors, delivered by an external provider, to complement the self-study and mentor sessions. This is the easiest option for schools and also allows them to benefit from the highest level of financial investment made by the DfE.

DfE Accredited Materials to deliver your own programme 

Schools opting for the DfE-accredited materials option to deliver your own programme (formerly known as the Core Induction Programme (CIP)) approach to induction will be able to draw upon the ECF materials developed by lead providers (national organisations commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to create the materials). Schools will need to self-fund the design, and deliver the Early Career Teacher and mentor training themselves. 

To deliver your own training using DfE-accredited materials, create a 'Support for early career teachers' account to see the materials available. You can choose from the following suppliers: 

  • Ambition Institute
  • Education Development Trust
  • Teach First
  • UCL Early Career Teacher Consortium

The Induction Tutor will need to report your choice through 'Manage training for early career teachers'

Your Appropriate Body will then check your programme to make sure it covers the full depth of the ECF. 

Design and deliver your own ECF-based programme

Schools opting to use a school-based programme of induction will receive no support from the Department for Education (DfE) in creating or procuring their own programme, subject/phase-specific coaching and training for mentors in line with the Statutory Guidance.

Schools who choose to deliver their own induction programmes, whether using DfE accredited materials or the ECF itself, will need to provide information to their Appropriate Body to demonstrate that their programme fulfils statutory requirements. Schools should contact their Appropriate Body for further details of what will be required. This will not be required of schools who use the DfE funded provider route.

AB Enquiries

Registering with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough AB Service:
  1. Register with us

    All ECTs need to be registered with an Appropriate Body to sign off they have met the Teacher Standards.
    To register new ECTs, please complete our Service Level Agreement and ensure you are registered on our ECT Manager system, which allows your to submit assessments and monitor your ECTs.
    Please ensure you have inputted your ECT's Teacher Reference Number, their full name and date of birth correctly; this will then get sent to the Teacher Regulation Agency to confirm their induction.

  2. Register with the DfE Digital Service

    Register your ECTs and mentors on the DfE Portal. Please list Cambridgeshire and Peterborough AB Service as you Appropriate Body, and ensure your Delivery Partner and Lead Provider are listed correctly.

  3. Register with your Lead Provider

    Schools new to the Early Career Framework, or schools who were not previously registered with their current provider and delivery partner, need to register to access their online learning materials.
    If the Hub is your Delivery Partner, please register with Education Development Trust. Complete this form, and make sure EDT is listed as your Lead Provider on the DfE. 

Changes to Appropriate Body service delivery from September 2023:

Following the DfE announcement last summer that Local Authorities can no longer act as Appropriate Bodies for new ECTs from September 2023, the LAs and Teaching School Hub have been working in partnership to transfer the AB service to the hub.

The new Cambridgeshire & Peterborough TSH Appropriate Body will provide very similar services to the service currently offered by the LAs and will continue to be independent of any DfE funded Early Career Framework professional development programmes. Therefore, schools can still choose any ECF professional development programme you wish, including the DfE funded Early Career Framework programme offered by this hub.

We are in the process of transitioning the service and will contact schools with details of how to register new ECTs over the coming weeks. We expect the system to register ECTs to be open from the 3rd July 2023, once DfE system updates are complete.