Statutory guidance

Initial teacher training: criteria for providers

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


Initial teacher training criteria and supporting advice


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 16 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Initial teacher training criteria and supporting advice attachment updated.
  2. Update statutory guidance document to include supporting advice.
  3. This is an update to the previous ITT criteria document, which takes into account amendments to criteria 2.2, 2.3, and 4.1.
  4. Updated PDF uploaded
  5. First published.