Our Experience

John Taylor has significant experience in Appropriate Body work. We have been offering Appropriate Body services to schools since 2016, working annually with between 70 and 100 Early Career Teachers, not just taking care of their registration and validating a successful completion of the induction period, but offering informal support and guidance to schools and ECTs where problems have arisen or the ECT has been struggling.

Who can register their ECTs with us?

Any school can access our Appropriate Body services. It remains the decision of the headteacher to choose their AB. As a Teaching School Hub we are increasing our capacity in anticipation of working with Early Career Teachers throughout East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth, Cannock, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth and are excited by the opportunity of developing partnerships with all schools across our area. We have a reciprocal partnership with the Arthur Terry Teaching School Hub – North Birmingham to support ECTs that have trained with the John Taylor SCITT or the Arthur Terry SCITT and are teaching in schools in these TS Hub regions.

Initial Teacher Education

Mike Simmons

Teaching School Hub AB Lead and Secondary AB provision

Initial Teacher Education

Louise Houlders

Primary AB provision

Appropriate Body Services

Carly Kelly

Appropriate Body Co-ordinator

Roles and Responsibilities

With the introduction of TS Hubs, the remit of an Appropriate Body has changed in line with recent reforms and the introduction of the Early Career Framework.

From September 2021 Appropriate Bodies will be responsible for:

Registering ECTs on to the Teaching Regulation Agency system

Monitoring the support Early Career Teacher receive, including:

Checking that ECTs are receiving their statutory entitlements, and that regard is had to the statutory guidance

Carry out ECF fidelity checks. ensuring schools are supported to provide ECTs with an ECF induction (see below for further explanation)

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

Our Offer

In addition to our core roles and responsibilities the John Taylor TS Hub will:

Maintain regular communication via a newsletter

Be readily contactable by phone or e-mail to answer queries and advise

Provide training and follow up sessions for new induction tutors or schools who request additional support

Where there is an identified need, undertake a joint observation with the induction tutor or mentor as requested

Help and advise the school re the development of support plans

Support schools with the monitoring of support plans, with regular check-ins

For more information about our Appropriate Body services, or to enquire about registering your NQTs please contact our Appropriate Body Co-ordinator: AB@jths.co.uk

Charges for the AB Service

Charges for the Appropriate Body will be based on the type of induction programme schools choose to follow for the Early Career Framework, as each of the three routes require different levels of fidelity checks and Quality Assurance.

“ABs will be expected to check in a greater level of detail where schools have opted to design their own school-based programme due to the greater risk that a school-based induction could diverge from the ECF when DfE accredited materials are not used as the basis for an induction programme.”

DfE April 2021

Engage with a fully funded Full Induction Programme (FIP)

Using a lead provider (e.g., full support package from the TS Hub).
  • Check new teachers receive statutory entitlement and are fairly and consistently assessed

Engage with a Core Induction Programme (CIP)

Deliver their own programme, using high quality materials and resources, accredited by the DfE.
  • Check new teachers receive statutory entitlement and are fairly and consistently assessed
  • Check that schools have provided a breakdown of how the core elements of the Core Induction Programme will be scheduled and sequenced over the course of the programme

Design and Deliver their own 2-year induction programme based on the ECF

  • Check new teachers receive statutory entitlement and are fairly and consistently assessed
  • Check that schools have provided a breakdown of how the core elements of their Programme will be scheduled and sequenced over the course of the programme
  • Check that the design of the programme covers the evidence-based statements in the ECF
  • Check that ECTs have received planned elements of the induction

View our Appropriate Body Services Flyer for more information

Next Steps

If you have any questions or wish to register an interest in becoming more involved please email AB@jths.co.uk