Appropriate Body Reform and Induction Assessment

Closed 21 Jul 2022

Opened 26 May 2022


We are announcing reforms to the appropriate body (AB) sector and seeking views on the transitional period, the roles of the AB, and the value of formal assessment in statutory teacher induction. 

Why your views matter

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 we will 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, 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.

We encourage anyone with an interest in statutory teacher induction to read the consultation document uploaded below and respond to the consultation here.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies


  • Education
  • Statutory policies and guidance
  • Teacher assessment