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The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is responsible for allocating and funding teacher training places in line with the needs of the sector, and national targets set by the department.
The NCTL allocates Provider ITT places and School Direct places for initial teacher training. These places are allocated to either accredited providers or schools
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) accredits organisations to deliver provider initial teacher training (ITT) courses, which consist of undergraduate and postgraduate routes leading to qualified teacher status (QTS).
Provider ITT places are delivered as undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, some of which offer Postgraduate/Professional Certificate of Education (PGCE) or the Bachelors Degree in Education (B.Ed).Trainees may study full or part-time, and for some postgraduate routes a flexible option is offered. Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £20,000 or a scholarship of £25,000.
School Direct places are available in some of the best primary and secondary schools across England and programmes generally last for one year. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).
There are 2 separate School Direct training options:
Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are designed to help potential trainees gain the depth of knowledge in their chosen subject that they will need to train to teach.
The training bursary is a financial incentive to attract and retain high-quality graduates into the teaching profession.
ITT providers that receive NCTL funding are bound by the terms of the NCTL's financial memorandum, which states the terms and conditions under which payments are made. Providers that receive NCTL funding are subject to monitoring and auditing.
The Golden Hello Scheme is closed for all trainees starting their initial teacher training in the academic year 2011 to 2012 and beyond.
Trainees who started their postgraduate ITT course before 1 August 2011 will continue to be able to make their application for the Golden Hello Scheme under the current terms and conditions.
National College for Teaching and Leadership Allocations Team
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Funding Team
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Form for schools and ITT providers to claim NCTL funding for Pre ITT SKE places.
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Information about subject knowledge enhancement support for initial teacher training recruitment.
A guide for training providers requesting funding for pre-initial teacher training SKE programmes and bursaries.