The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is a new government agency created to enable and support the development of a self-improving, school-led system. The agency was formed from the merger, on 2 April 2013, of the National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency.

We have two key aims: improving the quality of the education workforce; and helping schools to help each other to improve. We will work with schools to develop a 0-18 education system that means teacher and leadership training, CPD and school-to-school support are delivered locally by partnerships led by the best headteachers.

Aim 1: Improving the quality of the workforce

The quality of teachers and leaders is the most important factor in improving educational standards for children. We will support schools to take control of their own recruitment and training of teachers through School Direct.

  • we will make this process as simple as possible in response to feedback from schools
  • our regional team will work with schools to set up partnerships, help schools in their negotiations with teacher training providers over the cost and content of training, and spread examples of successful practice
  • where schools wish to go further and become accredited providers of teacher training, we will help them through this process
  • we will work with schools to help them embrace the recruitment of  early years teachers (0-5)

We will support school-led licensed providers of leadership development to ensure that this approach is effective in spotting, training and promoting a new generation of outstanding school leaders for the 0-18 education system.

  • we will develop and license provision for school business managers, serving heads and system leaders, ensuring that this draws on the best expertise from education and beyond
  • we will work with licensees to ensure the model meets the needs of schools, addresses the 0-18 agenda, and is increasingly driven by schools themselves 

Aim 2: Helping schools to help each other to improve

We will encourage schools to develop their own local networks of high quality, school-to-school support.

  • where necessary, we will help to broker support from national, local and specialist leaders of education and national leaders of governance
  • we will continue to support the setting up of federations, chains of academies or sponsored solutions where a school has got into more serious difficulties

We will give teaching schools the support they need to become independent, local hubs of excellence.

  • we will help, where necessary, with the setting up of partnerships that will deliver teacher training and high quality continuous professional development

We will encourage and support schools to find local solutions to their particular challenges, doing everything possible to remove any barriers in the way of a school-led system.

We will continue to oversee the induction process for teachers and award Qualified Teacher Status. We will support exam officers in schools, promoting best practice and facilitating the efficient collection of examination scripts. We will also uphold high standards of professional conduct through our regulatory role, taking appropriate action in cases of the most serious allegations of professional misconduct.

Find out more about the agency’s ongoing work

We are now developing the organisational structure and systems we need to support the delivery of our new remit. Our aim is to be fully operational by 1 September 2013.

Use the links on this page to find out more about continuing areas of our work and about the rationale for the merger.

Contact details

National College for Teaching and Leadership

Department for Education