Statutory guidance on induction for Early Career Teachers (ECTs) in England, which was revised in March 2021 and came into force on 1 September 2021, states that:
2.21 Independent quality assurance of statutory induction, through the role of the appropriate body, is important both for ensuring that schools provide adequate support for their ECTs, and that their assessment is fair and consistent across all institutions.
2.22 An ECT cannot start their induction until their appropriate body has been agreed. In the absence of another body acting as appropriate body for a school, the local authority in which the school is situated should be asked to be the appropriate body for that school.
2.25 The appropriate body may make reasonable charges (agreed in advance), not exceeding the cost of supplying the service as follows:
• To any maintained school or institution
• To an independent school; an academy; a free school; a city technology college; a BSO; an independent nursery school; or a further education institution to which it is supplying the service.
Shropshire Local Authority will levy the following charges to schools to act as Appropriate Body:
- £100 Appropriate Body fee (this charge covers schools for 2 years and would only be required to be renewed should the school wish to register ECTs with the LA after the 2 years have passed) and,
- £50 for each ECT registered with Shropshire.
This will cover the cost of registration, administration and support from the LA. All schools that subscribe to the Education Improvement Service at the ‘Standard’ package, or above, are entitled to one free observation per school. Schools are still required to pay the appropriate body charge. The charge for subsequent observations will be £160 per visit or 4 credits for credit package holders. Non-Subscribing schools will pay £200/ 5 credits per observation.