Appropriate Body

What your AB can do for you.

The appropriate body (AB) has the main quality assurance role within the induction process.

Through quality assurance, the appropriate body should assure itself that:

  • ­Headteachers/principals (and governing bodies where appropriate) are aware of, and are capable of meeting their responsibilities for monitoring support and assessment. This includes ensuring that an NQT receives a personalised induction programme, designated tutor support and the reduced timetable; and
  • T­he monitoring, support, assessment and guidance procedures in place are fair and appropriate.
  • ­The appropriate body should, on a regular basis, consult with headteachers/principals on the nature and extent of the quality assurance procedures it operates, or wishes to introduce. Institutions are required to work with the appropriate body to enable it to discharge its responsibilities effectively.

The appropriate body must ensure that:

Headteachers/principals (and governing bodies where appropriate) are meeting their responsibilities in respect of providing a suitable post for induction;

  • the monitoring, support, assessment and guidance procedures in place are fair and appropriate
  • where an NQT may be experiencing difficulties, action is taken to address areas of performance that require further development and support;
  • where an institution is not fulfilling its responsibilities, contact is made with the institution to raise its concerns;
  • induction tutors are trained and supported, including being given sufficient time to carry out the role effectively;
  • Headteachers/principals are consulted on the nature and extent of the quality assurance procedures it operates, or wishes to introduce;
  • any agreement entered into with either the FE institution or the independent school’s governing body is upheld;
  • the headteacher/principal has verified that the award of QTS has been made;
  • the school is providing a reduced timetable in addition to PPA time;
  • the NQT is provided with a named contact (or contacts) within the appropriate body with whom to raise concerns;
  • FE institutions (including sixth-form colleges) are supported in finding schools for NQTs to spend their mandatory ten days teaching children of compulsory school age in a school;
  • NQTs’ records and assessment reports are maintained;
  • agreement is reached with the headteacher/principal and the NQT to determine where a reduced induction period may be appropriate or is deemed to be satisfactorily completed;
  • a final decision is made on whether the NQT’s performance against the relevant standards is satisfactory or an extension is required and the relevant parties are notified;
  • they provide the National College for Teaching and Leadership with details of NQTs who have started; completed (satisfactorily or not); require an extension; or left school partway through an induction period.

The appropriate body should also (as local capacity, resources and agreements allow):

  • respond to requests from schools and colleges for guidance, support and assistance with NQTs’ induction programmes;
  • respond to requests for assistance and advice with training for induction tutors.