Appropriate Bodies have oversight of the induction processes and procedures within their schools, and their remit and responsibilities are defined by Sections 135A, 135B and 141C(1)(b) of the Education Act 2002 and associated Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2012, and the current DfE guidance Induction for newly qualified teachers (England) 2012, revised 2013.
Southwark can act as Appropriate Body (AB) for maintained and non-maintained schools that meet the criteria for institutions where NQT induction may be served. The relevant criteria can be found on page 8 of the Statutory guidance for induction. All NQTs must be registered with an Appropriate Body (a NQT's eligibility and the suitability of their post must be approved in advance) before induction can officially begin.
The Appropriate Body (AB) has the main responsibility for quality assurance for induction, and to ensure that schools fulfil their duties in relation to induction. Schools should have robust processes in place in order to meet their responsibilities for induction. The AB will offer guidance, support and assistance to schools including induction tutor training, according to available resources. The AB makes the final decision as to whether the NQT has achieved the standards required, and has accordingly satisfactorily completed the induction period, drawing on the recommendation of the headteacher/ principal.