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Have you sourced your Appropriate Body for next year’s Early Career Teachers (ECTs)?

An Appropriate Body has the main independent and impartial quality assurance role within the statutory induction process.

ECTs cannot start their induction until the Appropriate Body has been agreed.

The Five Counties Teaching School Hub Alliance (TSHA) is an Appropriate  Body for Early Career Teachers based in the Five Counties hub area. We offer three different levels of Appropriate Body Service depending on which Early Career Framework programme you have chosen.

Five Counties ECT Appropriate Body Service Benefits:

  • A high quality and highly regarded service provided by dedicated Early Career Teacher specialists with significant experience operating as an Appropriate Body
  • A standardised and rigorous approach across the Five Counties Hub area that is consistent and personalised to meet the needs of your school and its teachers
  • Seamless liaison between the work of the AB and the wider Five Counties team who deliver the Early Career Framework programmes to ensure the full picture of support for ECTs and schools
  • Expert support and intervention for schools and ECTs when you need it most
  • A friendly, professional and rapid response to queries and questions through our dedicated support team

A summary of the options and difference of service levels

There are 3 options available to schools:

Option 1 – the school uses a lead provider, such as EDT or Ambition’s full induction programme and signs up to register ECTs with the AB service – the DfE funded provider route.

Option 2 – school uses its own ECF programme using some of the lead provider’s published resources and signs up to register ECTs with the AB service – the Deliver your own programme.

Option 3 – school designs and delivers its own ECF programme for its ECTs and signs up to register ECTs with the AB service – the Design and deliver your own programme route.

Each option has its own level of service and costs involved.

Appropriate Body Options

Using ECT Manager

All schools must register ECTs on our online system ECT Manager when they register their ECT.

Below are the links to log in for different areas of the Five Counties region:

We have also included some step-by-step instructions to get you started and a full user guide for ECT Manager:

Getting started on ECT Manager

A full user guide

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