Initial teacher training (ITT): accreditation

Find out how to become accredited to provide initial teacher training (ITT). Guidance for schools and training providers.

Eligibility criteria

You can only provide courses that lead to a recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS) if you are accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

NCTL will only consider schools for accreditation that have been judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Accreditation process

The accreditation process is set out in the arrangements for ITT accreditation submissions (PDF, 427KB, 15 pages) .

Your first step in the accreditation process is to attend a potential new provider briefing session.

Contact the NCTL accreditation team if you would like to attend a briefing session. Places are strictly limited to 2 attendees per school.

When requesting places:

  • provide details of the school seeking accreditation, including address and latest section 5 Ofsted grade
  • specify if you’re a teaching school and/or academy

We’ll then ask you to submit a business case. We will assess it and offer feedback. Once approved, you need to prepare and submit a full accreditation bid. The business case and full bid should meet the criteria set out in the arrangements for ITT accreditation submissions (PDF, 427KB, 15 pages) document.

ITT criteria

In order to be accredited, you must design training which meets the Secretary of State for Education’s ITT criteria. You need to ensure that all programmes of ITT comply with the criteria. The ITT criteria also includes the withdrawal of accreditation criteria.

You must ensure that all trainees are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

Ofsted will inspect you in accordance with the Ofsted initial teacher education framework.

To assist you in the early stages of your training, we have developed a post-accreditation support pack. This will be available upon accreditation.


Initial teacher training (ITT) accreditation