Teacher training and professional development

Initial teacher training, information for schools, funding and grants, schemes.

General information and guidance

  1. Appeals procedure for system leader roles (teaching schools, NLE/NSS, NLG)

    Policy outlining courses of action for appeals for teaching schools, national leaders of education/national support schools, and national leaders of governance

  2. Contact the Department for Education (DfE)

    Get in touch with the Department for Education (DfE)

  3. Mandatory Qualifications: specialist teachers

    Mandatory Qualifications for specialist teachers of classes of pupils with hearing impairment, vision impairment or multi-sensory impairment.

  4. Master's level accreditation guidance

    Work in partnership with higher education institutions to support NCTL participants in pursuing a Master's degree.

  5. National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: learning outcomes

    Requirements for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

  6. Teacher training funding

    Teacher training - funding for full or part-time teacher training courses including Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

  7. Teachers TV: video clips to use in schools

    Links to streamed videos which schools can use for teaching free of charge.

  8. Women Leading in Education: become a coach

    We’re asking male and female leaders from all backgrounds to make a voluntary pledge to coach women teachers to become leaders.

  9. Women Leading in Education: coach directory

    Find a leadership coach using the Women Leading in Education coach directory.

  10. Women leading in education: get leadership coaching

    We’re asking women teachers to register for leadership coaching.

  11. Women Leading in Education: regional networks

    Get involved in your school-led regional network to support the leadership development of women in education.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Early years opportunities, accreditation information, inspections in initial teacher education.

  1. Arrangements for ITT accreditation submissions

    This document outlines the submission process for ITT provider accreditation and the criteria which the provider must fulfil to make a bid.

  2. Early years initial teacher training (ITT): a guide for employers

    Training opportunities and funding for your graduate employees to gain early years teacher status.

  3. Effective improvement planning in initial teacher training

    This document outlines the characteristics of effective planning for improvement in ITT, and advice on how to compile improvement plans.

  4. Further education initial teacher training: bursary guide - academic year 2014 to 2015

    Eligibility and application guidance for further education initial teacher training bursaries.

  5. Initial teacher training (ITT)

    Guidance for providers on initial teacher training (ITT).

  6. Inspecting initial teacher education: leaflet for providers

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of an initial teacher training partnership.

  7. Ofsted examples of good practice in initial teacher education

    Examples of good practice in initial teacher education (ITE) provision inspected by Ofsted.

  8. Overseas degree equivalency: table and methodology

    Compare overseas qualifications to the British degree standard to find out what bursaries are available.

  9. Promoting improvement in initial teacher education: primary mathematics

    Findings from thematic inspections of initial teacher education partnerships that took place during 2012 and 2013 to promote improvement.

  10. Promoting improvement in initial teacher education: secondary history

    Findings from thematic inspections of initial teacher education partnerships that took place during 2012 and 2013 to promote improvement.

  11. Promoting improvement in initial teacher education: secondary modern languages

    Findings from thematic inspections of initial teacher education partnerships that took place during 2012 and 2013 to promote improvement.

  12. Promoting improvement in initial teacher education: secondary science

    Findings from thematic inspections of initial teacher education partnerships that took place during 2012 and 2013 to promote improvement.

  13. Provider ITT allocations methodology: academic year 2014 to 2015

    This document sets out the characteristics and criteria to be considered in the allocation of provider places for courses in 2014 to 2015.

  14. Registering initial teacher training places 2016 to 2017

    Register initial teacher training (ITT) places for postgraduate courses starting in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

  15. School Direct allocations methodology: academic year 2014 to 2015

    This document outlines the criteria and methods by which School Direct places are allocated to schools and how to find ITT providers.

  16. School Direct: marketing resource bank

    Materials and resources to help schools and providers market and promote School Direct initial teacher training places.

  17. School Direct: plan your programme

    Information for schools who are developing their school-led initial teacher training (ITT) programme.

  18. School experience programme: information for schools

    Information for schools offering the school experience programme to initial teacher training (ITT) applicants.

  19. Self evaluation document: guidance

    This is designed to enable participants to evaluate trainees’ outcomes, quality of training, leadership and management and overall effectiveness.

  20. Statistics: initial teacher training

    Statistics on initial teacher training recruitment, allocations and performance data.

  21. Teacher subject specialism training courses

    Find and apply for free teacher subject specialism training in England. Courses are available in mathematics, physics and modern foreign languages.

  22. Teacher supply model: a technical description

    An explanation of the model used to estimate the number of initial teacher training places required in any given year.

  23. The allocation of undergraduate initial teacher training (ITT) places

    The allocation of undergraduate initial teacher training (ITT) places for the academic year 2016 to 2017.

  24. Training bursary guide: academic year 2014 to 2015

    A training bursaries guide for initial teacher training (ITT) places for schools, ITT providers and trainees.

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Newly qualified teachers (NQTs), inductions, appeals, surveys.

  1. Assessment only route to QTS: provider information

    Criteria and supporting advice for providers wishing to offer the assessment only route to qualified teacher status (QTS).

  2. Induction appeals procedures

    This document sets out the procedures for induction appeals and is intended for use by teachers, their representatives, employers, appropriate bodies and panel members hearing the appeals.

  3. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

    Statutory guidance on NQT inductions for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies.

  4. Newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction appeals

    How to appeal a newly qualified teacher induction decision. Also includes how to attend an induction appeal hearing as an observer.

  5. Newly qualified teachers: annual survey

    Reports from the annual survey of newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

  6. Qualified teacher status (QTS): qualify to teach in England

    Find out how to obtain qualified teacher status (QTS) to teach in a maintained school or non-maintained special school in England.

School leadership

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), academy chains, special schools, school improvement.

  1. Appeals policy for gateway (NPQH only) and final assessments, and appeals form

    Policy which outlines courses of action for appeals at NPQH gateway assessment, and final assessment for NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH.

  2. Equality and diversity school leadership projects

    Contact details of project leads for 2016 to 2017.

  3. Headteachers' standards

    Best-practice standards for headteachers.

  4. Maths hubs: application form and guide

    Form and guide for schools and colleges that want to lead a maths hub in south-east London and Cumbria or north Lancashire.

  5. National leaders of education: a guide for potential applicants

    Find out about becoming a national leader of education (NLE), what's involved and how to apply.

  6. Professional development for school leaders

    All our documents on professional development for school leaders and governors. Includes our NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications.

  7. Specialist leaders of education: a guide for potential applicants

    Find out how to apply to become a specialist leader of education (SLE), what's involved, and how to work with existing teaching schools.

  8. Standard for teachers’ professional development

    A description of effective practice in professional development for teachers.

  9. System leader designation review

    Find out how teaching schools, NLEs and NLGs are reviewed and how to appeal a decision.

  10. Talent management: developing new leaders in schools

    As a school or academy leader find out why you need an effective talent management strategy, and how to create one.

  11. Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

    Funding available for professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

  12. Teaching schools and system leaders: get support for you and your school

    System leaders who they are and what they do.

  13. Teaching schools: a guide for potential applicants

    Find out what teaching schools do, what funding's available, how to apply to become a teaching school and how to work with a teaching school.

  14. Teaching schools: the school perspective

    A report on the work of teaching schools and how they are responding to the main areas of the teaching school role.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Teachers' skills, initial teacher training, School Direct.

  1. Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme guide: academic year 2013 to 2014

    Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement programme guide for pre-initial teacher training programmes.

  2. Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme guide: academic year 2015 to 2016

    Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement programme guide for pre-initial teacher training programmes.

  3. Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement guide: 2016 to 2017

    Guidance and form for initial teacher training providers applying for subject knowledge enhancement programmes for the 2016 academic year.

  4. Promoting improvement in initial teacher education: secondary history

    Findings from thematic inspections of initial teacher education partnerships that took place during 2012 and 2013 to promote improvement.

  5. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course form

    Download this form to add your SKE course to NCTL's SKE course directory for schools and initial teacher training providers.

  6. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): funding manual

    A guide for training providers requesting funding for pre-initial teacher training SKE programmes and bursaries.

  7. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): funding request form

    Complete this form to claim funding for SKE.

  8. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): grant offer letter

    The grant offer letter template for subject knowledge enhancement funding.

  9. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): the school perspective

    How schools use subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) to recruit teacher training applicants to shortage subjects.

  10. Subject knowledge enhancement: an introduction

    Information about subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) support for initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment.

Teacher training providers

Initial teacher training, inspecting providers, partnerships.

  1. Assessment only route to QTS: provider information

    Criteria and supporting advice for providers wishing to offer the assessment only route to qualified teacher status (QTS).

  2. Further education initial teacher training bursary: academic year 2015 to 2016

    Application form and guidance for further education initial teacher training bursaries.

  3. Further education initial teacher training: bursary guide - academic year 2013 to 2014

    Eligibility and application guidance for further education initial teacher training bursaries.

  4. Further education initial teacher training: bursary guide - academic year 2014 to 2015

    Eligibility and application guidance for further education initial teacher training bursaries.

  5. Initial teacher training (ITT): providers annual return guidance

    Annual accounts and audit grant return form guidance for initial teacher training (ITT) providers.

  6. Inspecting initial teacher education: leaflet for providers

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of an initial teacher training partnership.

  7. Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme guide: academic year 2013 to 2014

    Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement programme guide for pre-initial teacher training programmes.

  8. Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme guide: academic year 2015 to 2016

    Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement programme guide for pre-initial teacher training programmes.

  9. Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement guide: 2016 to 2017

    Guidance and form for initial teacher training providers applying for subject knowledge enhancement programmes for the 2016 academic year.

  10. National qualifications for school leaders: withdrawal and deferral policy

    This guide describes the policy for withdrawals and deferrals from NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH

  11. Ofsted's inspections of initial teacher education providers

    Documents relating to Osted's inspections of initial teacher education providers.

  12. Promoting improvement in initial teacher education: secondary science

    Findings from thematic inspections of initial teacher education partnerships that took place during 2012 and 2013 to promote improvement.

  13. Provider ITT allocations methodology: academic year 2014 to 2015

    This document sets out the characteristics and criteria to be considered in the allocation of provider places for courses in 2014 to 2015.

  14. Registering initial teacher training places 2016 to 2017

    Register initial teacher training (ITT) places for postgraduate courses starting in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

  15. School Direct allocations methodology: academic year 2014 to 2015

    This document outlines the criteria and methods by which School Direct places are allocated to schools and how to find ITT providers.

  16. The allocation of undergraduate initial teacher training (ITT) places

    The allocation of undergraduate initial teacher training (ITT) places for the academic year 2016 to 2017.