Statutory guidance

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Statutory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT).



This guidance is for:

  • accredited ITT providers and their partner schools
  • organisations seeking ITT accreditation
  • Ofsted

This statutory guidance sets out what accredited ITT providers must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 15 March 2012
Last updated 1 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated the criteria and supporting advice.
  2. Updated to add information on fee charging and student support for part-time courses.
  3. Updated the legislation that providers must follow and to which this advice refers.
  4. Updated guidance for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
  5. There have been no changes to the statutory requirements since the last publication. Updated Accreditation section, updated supporting advice (C1.1, C1.2, C1.3 and C2.1) and updated language throughout.
  6. Initial teacher training criteria and supporting advice attachment updated.
  7. Update statutory guidance document to include supporting advice.
  8. This is an update to the previous ITT criteria document, which takes into account amendments to criteria 2.2, 2.3, and 4.1.
  9. Updated PDF uploaded
  10. First published.