Last reviewed 23 June 2022

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation with regard to its proposed reforms to the appropriate body (AB) sector, seeking views on the transitional period, the roles of the AB and the value of formal assessment in statutory teacher induction.

Appropriate bodies (ABs) are organisations that have the main quality assurance role in statutory teacher induction. They ensure that early career teachers (ECTs) receive their statutory entitlements and that the support, assessment and guidance procedures in place are fair and appropriate.

In order to bring clearer accountability and greater consistency, the DfE has decided to reform the AB sector so that Teaching School Hubs (TSHs) will become the main providers of AB services and local authorities will no longer carry out this role.

“We are seeking views on the needs of the current AB sector and timeframe that would enable a successful transition to this new AB sector,” the DfE explained, “and on the value of the formal assessment process during statutory teacher induction and the efficacy with which the AB roles and responsibilities are being carried out”.

The relevant documents can be found here and the deadline for submitting comments is 21 July 2022.

The focus of this consultation is specifically on the regulatory systems and role of ABs in supporting those systems. The consultation also invites feedback on which aspects of the current induction system are valued and where there are areas for improvement.

The content and delivery of the DfE-funded, provider-led, ECF-based induction programmes are not within the scope of this consultation.