Appropriate Body

From September 2021, teachers joining the profession undertake a two-year induction period, underpinned by the Early Career Framework, which will provide them with a structured programme of development, support and professional dialogue. ECTs will have a dedicated mentor and it is a requirement that they have a reduced timetable in their first two years of teaching following qualification, giving them the time and support needed to focus on their professional development so that every new teacher is supported to lay the foundations for a fulfilling and rewarding career in teaching.

Appropriate Bodies will play a key part in teacher induction. From September 2021, Appropriate Bodies have two key roles; to ensure that ECTs receive their statutory entitlements with regard to the amended statutory guidance, and to ensure that ECTs are fairly and consistently assessed. Appropriate Bodies will also be expected to check that ECTs are receiving a programme of support and training based on the ECF. Appropriate Bodies will make the final decision as to whether the ECT has satisfactorily met the Teachers’ Standards, based on the headteacher’s recommendation.

One Cumbria provides Appropriate Body Services for the whole of Cumbria. Our programme of support has been developed by qualified teachers who have experience of Initial Teacher Training and supporting Early Career Teachers together with a knowledge of the Early Career Framework.

To register your Early Career Teacher with One Cumbria Appropriate Body please contact Lindsey Martin –