Initial teacher training (ITT): a guide for providers
- National College for Teaching and Leadership
- First published:
- 27 March 2015
- Applies to:
Information for higher education institutions and school-centred ITT providers (SCITTs) on how to manage your ITT programme.
This information is for new and existing ITT providers. It provides guidance and support on all aspects of managing your training programme.
If you’re thinking of becoming an accredited ITT provider, please take a look at our initial teacher training ITT: accreditation information.
You must comply with the Secretary of State’s ITT criteria. Read the criteria and supporting advice which includes the:
- entry criteria which all entrants to ITT must meet
- training requirements for the programme
- quality assurance requirements for providers
Ofsted will use this criteria in their initial teacher education inspection. If you’re deemed non-compliant with the criteria during an inspection or by NCTL, you may enter the accreditation withdrawal process. Where your provision is deemed to be non-compliant for serious or systemic failures, we’ll consider withdrawing your accreditation which may result in the closure of the provision.
Initial teacher training (ITT) accreditation
This email address is for potential new and accredited ITT providers. If you’re a potential candidate, wishing to gain qualified teacher status (QTS), please visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/teacher-training-routes/specialist-training-options.
Allocation of ITT places
We allocate ITT places to schools and accredited ITT providers for postgraduate and undergraduate ITT training. Our aim is to ensure a sufficient supply of teachers in England. Central to this is the estimated number of trainee teachers required by subject and phase as determined by the teacher supply model. There are a number of routes available for people to train as a teacher and receive qualified teacher status (QTS). We allocate places through:
- provider-led programmes: either undergraduate or postgraduate places are allocated to ITT providers, funded by tuition fees
- School Direct (tuition fee): postgraduate places are allocated to schools, trainees access student loans for the cost of their training
- School Direct (salaried): postgraduate places are allocated to schools that employ the trainee
We don’t allocate places to ITT providers for:
- Teach First – intensive work-based training for high academic achievers
- assessment-only – for people who require no training to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards
Request places for provider-led programmes
Before bidding for your ITT places, you must register on the UCAS teacher training system before the end of the summer term.
The deadline for requesting places for the 2015 to 2016 academic year has now passed. Places are usually requested at the end of the summer term with allocations being made for the next academic year in the autumn term. Places for trainees who will start training in the academic year 2016 to 2017 will be requested in the summer 2015 term and allocated in the autumn 2015 term. However this is subject to change. We’ll contact all providers by email when you’re able to request places.
To receive an allocation, you must bid for places using the:
- HEI data management system if you’re a higher education institution (HEI)
- NCTL data management system if you’re a school-centred ITT (SCITT) provider
Each allocated place will be for a specific subject. Not all subjects attract funding. You will only receive funding for places that we allocate in the subjects identified.
We’ll write to you when the allocation of places is agreed. It will also be available on our data management system. Your allocation may not fully meet your bid. You’ll need to confirm your course on the UCAS teacher training system once you have received your allocation of places. Applicants use this system to search for available courses and apply for training.
School Direct places
School Direct is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider. The lead school has overall responsibility for requesting places and ensuring that the criteria for School Direct are met. Find out how to get involved in initial teacher training through School Direct if you’re not currently working in partnership with a lead school to offer School Direct places.
Subject knowledge enhancement
Funding is available to boost your trainees’ subject knowledge before they complete their teacher training. Find out how to use subject knowledge enhancement(SKE) programmes to support your ITT recruitment.
Search our SKE course directory to find out if there is a gap in the SKE market in your area.
Subject knowledge enhancement
Recruitment and marketing
Our national marketing campaign and website for Get into Teaching provides applicants with all the information they need to start a career in teaching. We offer opportunities for applicants to attend events and highlight resources such as the teaching information line for applicants to get more information. If you’d like to attend a train to teach event to promote your ITT provision contact our marketing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition we have a range of resources to support your own local marketing and recruitment:
- provider marketing templates for adverts, posters, flyers and press releases in our marketing resource toolkit
- support for your events – contact our marketing team at email@example.com
- ITT provider update which includes details of events and links to marketing resources
- online seminars for advice on improving your recruitment
Marketing resource bank
NCTL is responsible for delivering funding for eligible teacher training places leading to QTS. Providers and schools are allocated funds which include:
- postgraduate ITT training bursaries for eligible trainees who take up a School Direct (tuition fee) or provider-led ITT place
- School Direct training programme (salaried)
- SKE funding for programme costs
Only ITT places allocated by NCTL will attract financial support from the government.
School Direct (salaried) places
Trainees on a School Direct (salaried) training programme will earn a salary whilst training. Funding is available in a range of subjects. It’s paid September to July by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to lead schools on our behalf.
Provider-led ITT places and School Direct (tuition fee) places
Provider-led ITT places and School Direct (tuition fee) places are both tuition fee routes. Providers receive their funding from trainees either directly or through the Student Loan Company.
Some trainees may be eligible for a training bursary. These are available in a range of subjects. The amounts available vary according to the subject priority. Priority subjects and levels of award are reviewed each year. No assurance can be given on the range of subjects or levels of award until these are published by the Department for Education. Our bursary and scholarship funding is paid to you from NCTL by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) from September to July. You’re responsible for passing this on to the trainee in full.
Grant funding agreement
You should have a grant funding agreement in place between yourself, as ITT provider or lead school and NCTL. Find out what is included in the grant funding agreement.
Find out about the different types of funding available and how to receive it in Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2015 to 16.
We also look after legacy payments for the Golden Hello and Golden Handcuff schemes, which are now closed.
Funding and audit grant return queries except early years
For provider-led ITT programmes and School Direct training programmes, you receive your fee from trainees either directly or through the Student Loans Company.
For School Direct (salaried) training programmes you need to agree a mechanism to receive your fee from the lead school. This should be included in your partnership agreement.
You must submit data via the:
Failure to comply with requests for data may result in non-compliance for the ITT provider, which may lead to withdrawal of accreditation.
This will be published in the ITT data collections.
Data team support for HEIs
Data team support for SCITTs
The ITT census is the first data collection. It provides information on the number of new trainees starting their training on or before the second Wednesday of October in each academic year. It’s carried out from mid-September until the end of October. The information is published in a statistical first release in November of each year.
The next census publication will be published in November 2015 for trainees starting ITT programmes in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.
Performance profiles management information
The performance profiles management information provides information on the:
- number of first year trainees
- number of final year trainees gaining QTS and their employment information
You’ll need to provide data throughout the year to the following timescales:
- HEIs: data on trainees gaining QTS - submit from mid-September to end October
- SCITTs, employment-based ITT providers (EBITTs) and Teach First: data on trainees gaining QTS and their employment status - submit from January to February
- HEIs: employment information for trainees - submit in June via the destination of leavers higher education (DLHE) survey
Performance profiles management information is usually published in August each year, covering the previous academic year.
The next performance profiles management information will be published in August 2015 for the 2013 to 2014 academic year.
Ofsted use the performance profiles information for individual providers and NCTL’s benchmarking information as part of their risk assessment process and for initial teacher education (ITE) inspections.
It’s important that your accounting officer signs the grant funding agreement prior to receiving any NCTL grant. They are the most senior person in your organisation, such as the headteacher of a school or the chief executive officer of a multi-academy trust. They carry full accountability for the funds including maintaining propriety, regularity and value for money.
Financial assurance is an integral part of the funding agreement. It ensures you have regularity, probity, good governance and internal controls in place and that you’re spending money for the purposes intended within the agreement. We gain this assurance in a number of forms, such as:
- annual account returns
- audit grant reports
- self-assessment questionnaires
- our audit process
- from the Education Funding Agency
- from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
We may ask for other ad-hoc information and intervene in your operations as we feel fit.
We expect you to submit externally audited (by independent auditors) annual accounts and audit grants reports to us by 31 December each year. You’ll receive further information regarding this requirement including templates, who and what to complete in advance of this date.
We reserve the right to conduct audits at your premises and to ask for information at any time during the year as necessary.
- have a governing body, accounting officer, finance committee and finance team who meet on a regular basis to discuss issues such as budget management, governance, controls and regularity
- produce monthly budget reports and share them with your accounting officer and governing body.
Your governing body is expected to:
- approve budgets and challenge variances, and approve policies and procedures to run your ITT provision
- meet on a regular basis
- have sub-committees in place such as a finance committee, who should provide regular reporting to the governing body
- have committee minutes that are formally written and signed by the chair
Viability and intervention team
Migrating your ITT accreditation
In some circumstance you can migrate your ITT accreditation to another accredited entity. Read the Migration of initial teacher training accreditation process for further information.
Closing your ITT provision
If you no longer want to offer ITT, you must follow the ITT provider closure guidance.
A range of support is available to you:
- regional provider networks – support through a regional network group to share best practice and offer expert operational advice through the chairs of the group.
- initial teacher training advisory group (ITTAG) – chairs of the regional network groups attend termly meetings to feed back and discuss national issues with representatives from NCTL, Ofsted and other policy making agencies
- ITT provider update – announcements, important national messages and details of upcoming events sent by email from NCTL twice a term
- support for recently-accredited providers from NCTL throughout the period leading up to their first Ofsted inspection
- Details of ITT allocations for previous academic years are available on the statistics collection page.
- Skills Test, learndirect’s helpdesk is available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, telephone 0300 303 9613, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.learndirect.com
- Information on Ofsted’s inspection of an initial teacher education partnership – an independent evaluation of its effectiveness and how it should improve.
- Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) acts as a national forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and professional educators, and to the study of education in the university sector and contributes to the formulation of policy in these fields. Its members are UK universities involved in teacher education, and a number of colleges of higher education in the university sector.
- NASBTT is an organisation that supports school-led training provision and represents its interests in the development and implementation of national policy.
Published: 27 March 2015