Initial teacher training (ITT)

Guidance for providers on initial teacher training (ITT).

This information is for potential and existing initial teacher training (ITT) providers offering or considering to offer ITT provision. It provides guidance and support on all aspects of running your ITT programme.

You can work with the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to offer ITT teacher training through the following routes:

  • provider-led – run by higher education institutes (HEIs) or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) providers
  • School Direct (fee funded) and School Direct (salaried) – run by schools

For School Direct provider guidance visit our School Direct collection.

For early years ITT read our early years initial teacher training (ITT): a guide for providers information.

We don’t allocate places to ITT providers for:

  • Teach First – intensive work-based training for high academic achievers
  • assessment-only – for professionals who don’t require training to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards

If you’d like to become a teacher, please visit our Get into Teaching website.

Become an ITT provider

Only ITT providers accredited by the the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) can recommend trainees for qualified teacher status (QTS). We won’t consider schools for accreditation if their most recent Ofsted inspection is less than good.

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT): accreditation

    • Guidance

Data management system (DMS) access

Lead schools and ITT providers need to register their intention to offer ITT courses in advance. To do this you need to enter your information on the ITT data management system.

There are 2 separate DMS websites:

  • lead schools – the lead school will need to log in to request and view their allocations
  • providers – the provider will need to log in to ratify any requests and also request their own provider-led places

The log in details are unique, even where the lead school may also be the provider.

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT) data management system

    • Guidance

Running your ITT programme

  1. Initial teacher training: criteria for providers

    • Statutory guidance
  2. Initial teacher training (ITT): requesting places and allocations methodology 2018 to 2019

    • Guidance
  3. ITT: requesting places and allocations methodology 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  4. Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2017 to 18

    • Guidance
  5. Training bursary guide: academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  6. Training bursary guide: academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Guidance
  7. School Direct (salaried): funding manual academic year 2016 to 17

    • Guidance
  8. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course providers

    • Guidance
  9. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) provider support

    • Guidance
  10. Initial teacher training: marketing and recruitment guide

    • Guidance

Changing or closing your ITT provision

In some circumstances you can migrate your ITT accreditation to another accredited entity. If you no longer want to offer ITT, you must follow the ITT provider closure guidance.

If you’re deemed non-compliant with the ITT criteria either by Ofsted during an initial teacher education inspection or by NCTL, you may enter the accreditation withdrawal process.

  1. Migration of initial teacher training accreditation

    • Guidance
  2. Initial teacher training (ITT): provision closure

    • Guidance
  3. Initial teacher training (ITT): accreditation withdrawal process

    • Guidance

Allocations and recruitment data

Allocation methodologies from previous years are published and available for providers to access.

  1. Postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment: 2017 to 2018

    • Transparency data

ITT statistics

In order for schools to make well-informed decisions about the partners they work with, we recommend looking at the following statistics when choosing a partner provider for ITT.

  1. Initial teacher training: trainee number census - 2016 to 2017

    • Official Statistics