System leader and teaching schools: review of designation

Information on how teaching schools, NLEs and NLGs designations are reviewed, the impact of a designation removal and how to appeal a decision.


System leader review of designation appeal form

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The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will review the designation of system leaders where they appear to:

  • no longer meet the eligibility criteria
  • be failing to carry out the role as intended

This process ensures the credibility of teaching schools, national leaders of education (NLEs), national support schools and national leaders of governance (NLGs).

Review panels are school-led and held 3 times a year in the spring, summer and autumn terms. In certain circumstances, reviews may take place at any time. For example, where there is evidence of professional misconduct.

You can submit an appeal if your teaching school or system leadership designation is removed.

This guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all maintained schools, academies and free schools


If you have any further questions about the review of designation process please contact:

Review of system leadership roles

For further information on the appeals procedure, please contact:

Published 20 November 2017