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Appropriate Body

All qualified teachers who are employed in a relevant school in England must, by law, have completed an induction period satisfactorily, subject to specified exemptions and confirmed by an Appropriate Body.

The appointment of an Appropriate Body is a statutory requirement for the Early Career Teacher (ECT) induction period. An ECT cannot start their induction until their Appropriate Body has been agreed. Early Career Framework (ECF) based training is expected to be embedded as a central aspect of this induction; it is not an additional training programme.

An Appropriate Body:

  • has the main quality assurance role within the induction process.
  • is responsible for checking that headteachers/principals have put in place an induction programme for the ECT and ensuring that this programme of support is clearly based on the ECF.
  • will have a role in checking that early career teachers are receiving a programme of support and training based on the ECF. This will be alongside their current role ensuring that new teachers receive their statutory entitlements and are fairly and consistently assessed.
  • ensures that monitoring and support throughout induction is sufficient to mean that there are no surprises when an ECT reaches a formal assessment point.


In 2021/2022, Unity Teaching School Hub is supporting the Appropriate Body service provided by Suffolk County Council

How to contact Suffolk County Council's Appropriate Body Service

For further information on this service, contact:

Celia Moore (
ECT & Appropriate Body Officer
Education, Skills and Learning
Directorate of Children and Young People
Suffolk County Council

Business Support Officer for Suffolk Appropriate Body (AB)


Full details on the role of Appropriate Bodies associated with the induction of early career teachers from September 2021 are outlined in the DfE's Induction for early career teachers (England).