Initial teacher training (ITT): accreditation

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

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).

Eligibility criteria

Currently, NCTL will only consider potential new providers for accreditation if they are led by a school that has been judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Accreditation process

You will need to attend a briefing event. Book a place with the NCTL accreditation team,

You will then submit a business case to NCTL. We will assess it and offer feedback. Once approved, you need to prepare and submit a full accredition bid. The business case and full bid should meet the criteria set out in the Arrangements for ITT accreditation submissions document.

NCTL will assess your final bid against the bid criteria. If you do not meet all the criteria, NCTL will request further information. When your bid meets all the criteria, the NCTL Accreditation and Performance Committee will recommend that accreditation is awarded on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

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 include 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.

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