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Appropriate Body


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If your school employs an ECT, you must register them with an Appropriate Body. The Appropriate Body will provide independent quality assurance of the ECT's two-year induction and manage their assessments during the time period.

The Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub offer Appropriate Body (AB) services as United Appropriate Body. Please click here to see a summary of our services.  

Our Appropriate Body fee is £200 per year per ECT. This service includes: 

  • Registration of ECTs and reporting to the Teacher Regulation Agency. 
  • The decision on the outcome of the statutory induction for the ECT. 
  • Support for schools and ECTs who are struggling to meet the expected standards. 
  • Quality assurance of assessment forms, against the Teacher Standards. 
  • Email/phone support for Induction Tutors and ECTs. 
  • Training and support for Induction Tutors. 
  • A half day support visit where needed. 
  • Access to ECT Manager. 

United AB is led by Melissa Marshall, the Deputy Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School hub. She is supported by team who cover quality assurance and supporting ECTs at risk. Linda Bedford is the named contact for ECTs who have not been able to resolve any difficulties with their induction tutor.




Why choose United AB as your Appropriate Body?

We are an accredited provider of ITT and have excellent knowledge of the Early Career Teacher journey. We are leading the delivery and implementation of the ECF and can provide timely, specialist advice and support as required. We also offer a fixed cost with no hidden extras. Please register your interest in using the United AB service by clicking the enquire now button below.

Appropriate Body Reform Information

If you are looking to transfer to our Appropriate Body from a Local Authority, and already use ECT Manager, please click here for guidance on how to do this.

Already with United AB?

All our support information can be found in the ‘Resources’ section on ECT Manager, including keeping an ECT on track, support plan templates and examples, completing progress review and assessment guidance and examples, lesson observation and induction summary forms, briefings and newsletters.

ECTs: If you have a concern and have attempted to address this with your induction tutor, please contact Linda Bedford ( who is your named contact for United AB.


Due to the demands of the teaching profession, an Early Career Teachers‘ journey can be very complex and challenging. As an Induction Tutor, I have a profound belief in the importance of building support systems to help to navigate the potential fluctuations. Linda and Mel, our Appropriate Body representatives, have been incredibly effective allies in this process. Throughout the academic year, Linda and Mel have delivered efficient, clear, and consistent communication. Far from being a faceless arms-length body, their input has always been relevant, committed, and personal. This has ensured our coalition is as robust as possible, which is essential in such a vital developmental phase for all teachers.

- Sonny Rowe Induction Tutor, North Oxfordshire Academy. -

I rate the services of Mel and her team at United AB incredibly highly. As an appropriate body, they are very well organised, understanding of how busy schools are and give timely reminders and templates to aid the administrative side from an Induction tutor's perspective. In addition, Mel and her team are very responsive to any questions you may have at any time and we found the fidelity check an incredibly positive and helpful experience.

- Induction Tutor, Guildford High School -

Our experience of the support from the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub (United AB) has been superb. We have consistently received swift responses to queries, excellent and well considered advice, and professional, helpful, and supportive communication. The staff with whom we have worked, have taken time to understand our school and our individual Early Career Teachers in order to provide focused feedback, clear documentation and useful signposting. Mel and Danielle have both visited us at school and their guidance and support has been invaluable. I wouldn’t hesitate to partner with them in future and highly recommend this excellent service.

- Head Teacher, Lawn Primary -

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