Early Career Teachers

Welcome to the Suffolk Local Authority site for Early Career Teachers (ECTs). This is for induction tutors and all colleagues in schools and settings who support NQTs and ECTs during the induction process.

All teachers who have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after 7 May 1999, by whatever route, must complete an induction period if they are to work in maintained schools, or in non-maintained special schools in England.

Department for Education (DfE) – Appropriate Body (AB) reforms

Important information update for Suffolk schools – In November, the DfE published a response to the consultation on Appropriate Body reform and induction assessment. To summarise:

  • From September 2023, all new ECTs need to be registered with a TSH AB
  • Schools will also need to ensure that any ECTs who are registered with Suffolk LA AB and who do not complete their induction by September 2023 are transferred to a TSH AB to complete in 23/24.

For further information and details of the Key Appropriate Body contacts in Suffolk please take a look at our FAQs