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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.
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 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 encourage schools to develop their own local networks of high quality, school-to-school support.
We will give teaching schools the support they need to become independent, local hubs of excellence.
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.
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.
National College for Teaching and Leadership
Department for Education
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