Corporate report

National College for School Leadership framework document

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Document outlining the aims, roles and responsibilities of the National College for School Leadership.



The National College for School Leadership is an executive agency of the Department for Education created in 2012. The NCSL has responsibility for helping to deliver the Secretary of State’s reform agenda for schools, in particular the priorities for school leadership set out in the Schools White Paper: The Importance of Teaching. It is also responsible for leadership development for the foundation years, including children’s centres.

This document sets out the arrangements for the governance, accountability, financing, staffing and operation of the college, agreed between the Secretary of State, the Director General for Educational Standards and the Chief Executive of the College, and approved by Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT).


  • aims and objectives
  • governance roles and responsibilities
  • governance arrangements
  • accountability to parliament
  • financial management and reporting
  • audit and assurance
  • staffing
  • finance and procurement