Initial teacher training (ITT) criteria: supporting advice

This publication was withdrawn on 25 March 2014

This document has been superseded.

A new version of the ‘Initial teacher training criteria: supporting advice’ is available.

This document aims to clarify the ITT criteria and develop a common understanding among all providers and partners, particularly those new to ITT.



The initial teacher training (ITT) criteria apply to all ITT programmes, and are imposed by the Secretary of State under the Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003, made under sections 132, 145 and 210 of the Education Act 2002. They set out the criteria which must be met by all those who train and assess trainee teachers against the Teachers’ Standards and make recommendations for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

The aim of these criteria is to ensure that providers comply with all NCTL requirements. Where providers do not meet all these requirements the NCTL will consider withdrawing their ITT accreditation.

The ITT criteria came into effect on 1 September 2012, replacing the ITT requirements. All ITT providers must ensure that all their programmes of ITT comply with these criteria.