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Role of the Astra Appropriate Body

The role of the Astra Appropriate Body is to ensure that:

  • headteachers/principals have put in place an ECF-based induction programme for the ECT and that their programme of support is clearly based on the ECF;

  • headteachers/principals (and governing bodies where appropriate) are meeting their responsibilities in respect of providing a suitable post for induction;

  • the monitoring, support, assessment and guidance procedures in place are fair and appropriate;

  • where an ECT may be experiencing difficulties, action is taken to address areas of performance that require further development and support;

  • where an institution is not fulfilling its responsibilities, contact is made with the institution to raise its concerns;

  • induction tutors have the ability and sufficient time to carry out their role effectively;

  • mentors have the ability and sufficient time to carry out their role effectively;

  • headteachers/principals are consulted on the nature and extent of the quality assurance procedures it operates, or wishes to introduce;

  • any agreement entered into with either an FE institution or an independent school’s governing body is upheld;

  • the headteacher/principal has verified that the award of QTS has been made;

  • the school is providing a reduced timetable in addition to PPA time;

  • the ECT is provided with a named contact (or contacts) within the appropriate body with whom to raise concerns;

  • FE institutions (including sixth-form colleges) are supported in finding schools for ECTs to spend ten days teaching children of compulsory school age in a school;

  • ECTs’ records and assessment reports are maintained;

  • all monitoring and record keeping is done in the most streamlined and least burdensome way and that requests for evidence from ECTs do not require new documentation but draw on existing working documents;

  • agreement is reached with the ECT and the headteacher/principal is consulted where a reduced induction period may be appropriate or is deemed to be satisfactorily completed;

  • agreement is reached with the ECT and the headteacher/principal is consulted in cases where a part-time ECT has completed a period covering, but not equivalent to, two school years and has met the necessary requirements to reduce induction;

  • a final decision is made on whether the ECT’s performance against the Teachers’ Standards is satisfactory or an extension is required and the relevant parties are notified; and

  • they provide the Teaching Regulation Agency with details of ECTs who have started; completed (satisfactorily or not); require an extension to; or left school partway through an induction period; together with details of the type of induction an ECT is accessing