Statutory guidance

Initial teacher training criteria

Statutory guidance on the entry, management, quality assurance, and employment-based criteria required to provide initial teacher training.



This guidance is relevant to anyone involved in initial teacher training (ITT), including:

  • trainee teachers
  • teacher training providers
  • qualified teachers
  • those who employ and support newly qualified teachers.

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Supporting advice for ITT providers is also available.