Statutory guidance

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training in the 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025 academic years.

Applies to England



This guidance is for:

  • accredited ITT providers and their partner schools
  • Ofsted

This 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.

Updates to this page

Published 15 March 2012
Last updated 15 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updates to ‘Initial teacher training: criteria and supporting advice – 2024 to 2025’: updated ‘Fee-charging arrangements’ to reflect changes to funding regulations. Updated C1.2 Degree criteria to correct reference to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Changes have been made for clarity in C1.4 ITT recruitment practices for reference checks, and in C2.2 Intensive training and practice for intensive training and practice taking place in placement schools. Updated C2.5 Mentoring to clarify consideration of prior learning, and added footnote to minimum time allocations table. Renamed C2.6 from ‘Assessment of programmes’ to ‘Assessment’. Hyperlinks have been updated throughout the document.

  2. Updated the 'Initial teacher training: criteria and supporting advice 2023 to 2024’. Section C.2.3 School placements reintroduces the reference to suggested timings for placements in schools/education settings. This was in previous versions of the criteria and remains as suggested timing for 2023 to 2024.

  3. Updated ‘Initial teacher training: criteria and supporting advice – 2023 to 2024’ for the academic year. Made changes across criteria to make them clearer. Added C1.4 ITT recruitment practices. Renamed C2.3, from 'Training in schools' to 'School placements'. Moved separate sections C1.4 Professional skills tests, C4.1 Employment, C4.2 Admissions, and C4.3 Teaching into relevant parts of the criteria. Added ‘Initial teacher training: criteria and supporting advice – 2024 to 2025’.

  4. Updated section C1.2 Degree criteria with information about accepting candidates whose graduate status is delayed.

  5. Updated for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. COVID-19 guidance has also been removed and criterion C1.3 has been updated.

  6. Added information to support providers who could not meet school placement criteria in 2021 to 2022 academic year because of COVID-19 disruption.

  7. Updated to reflect that this current guidance applies to accredited providers delivering ITT courses until 31 August 2024. After this date, new published ITT criteria and quality requirements will be in place.

  8. We updated section 'C2.3 Training in schools' of the guidance about the requirement for training to take place wholly or mainly in England.

  9. Revised guidance to revert to pre-COVID-19 advice.

  10. Updated ITT criteria in line with the coronavirus (COVID-19) amendment to the School Teacher Qualification Regulations that came into force in April 2021.

  11. Update to C1.3 Other background checks section. Added links to Changes to checks for EU sanctions on EEA teachers and Recruit teachers from overseas.

  12. Updated temporary guidance changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  13. Temporary guidance changes due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  14. Guidance updated based on current public health advice, to help initial teacher training (ITT) providers reduce the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on their ITT provision.

  15. We have added temporary changes to this guidance due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  16. Updated information about the withdrawal of accreditation criteria.

  17. Edits to reflect the new ITT core content framework.

  18. Edits to reflect the changes to skills tests.

  19. Updated the criteria and supporting advice.

  20. Updated to add information on fee charging and student support for part-time courses.

  21. Updated the legislation that providers must follow and to which this advice refers.

  22. Updated guidance for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

  23. 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.

  24. Initial teacher training criteria and supporting advice attachment updated.

  25. Update statutory guidance document to include supporting advice.

  26. This is an update to the previous ITT criteria document, which takes into account amendments to criteria 2.2, 2.3, and 4.1.

  27. Updated PDF uploaded

  28. First published.

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