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What we do

We improve the quality of the education and early years workforce and help schools to help each other improve. NCTL works with schools to develop an education system supported locally by partnerships and led by the best headteachers.

Who we are

We employ around 350 staff and are based across 6 sites: London, Nottingham, Coventry, Manchester, Sheffield and Darlington.


We are responsible for:

  • ensuring that enough high quality trainees enter teacher training and early years teacher training to meet the needs of the sector
  • managing the allocation of teacher training places and related funding to schools and universities who provide teacher training
  • recognising teachers’ professional ability for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). We do this for the European Economic Area (EEA) and we are the competent authority in England for the teaching profession
  • ensuring that in cases of serious professional misconduct, teachers are prohibited from teaching
  • developing a national network of teaching schools
  • helping schools and their partners develop and deliver high quality continuing professional development and leadership training
  • enabling successful school leaders and governors to take on a lead role in school-to-school support to improve the performance of other schools


Our priorities for 2014 to 2015 will be to:

  • support schools to manage their recruitment and training of teachers through the School Direct training programme
  • encourage high standards in initial teacher training
  • ensure new programmes are offered to meet the needs of talented leaders and primary middle leaders by working with schools licensed to offer training

  • oversee the induction process for teachers and award qualified teacher status and early years teacher status
  • uphold high standards of teacher professional conduct
  • support teaching schools with their alliances and partnerships
  • encourage schools to find local solutions to their challenges and remove any barriers in the way of a school-led system
  • manage the introduction of the early years teacher training programme in line with the government’s ambition for a high quality graduate-led early years workforce

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