Guidance for providers on initial teacher training (ITT).

This information is for potential and existing initial teacher training (ITT) providers offering or considering to offer ITT provision. It provides guidance and support on all aspects of running your ITT programme.

You can work with the Department for Education (DfE) to offer ITT teacher training through the following routes:

  • provider-led – run by higher education institutes (HEIs) or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) providers
  • School Direct (fee funded) and School Direct (salaried) – run by schools

For School Direct provider guidance visit our School Direct collection.

For early years ITT read our early years initial teacher training (ITT): a guide for providers information.

We don’t allocate places to ITT providers for:

  • Teach First – intensive work-based training for high academic achievers
  • assessment-only – for professionals who don’t require training to demonstrate the Teachers’ Standards

If you’d like to become a teacher, please visit our Get into Teaching website.

Become an ITT provider

Only ITT providers accredited by DfE can recommend trainees for qualified teacher status (QTS). We won’t consider schools for accreditation if their most recent Ofsted inspection is less than good.

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT): accreditation and support
    • Guidance

The database of trainee teachers and providers (DTTP) access

Lead schools and ITT providers need to register their intention to offer ITT courses in advance. To do this you need to enter your information on the DTTP:

  • lead schools – the lead school will need to log in to request and view their allocations
  • providers – the provider will need to log in to ratify any requests and also request their own provider-led places

The log in details are unique, even where the lead school may also be the provider.

  1. Database of trainee teachers and providers (DTTP)
    • Guidance

Running your ITT programme

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice
    • Statutory guidance
  2. ITT: requesting places and allocations methodology 2020 to 2021
    • Guidance
  3. Initial teacher training allocations methodology: 2019 to 2020
    • Guidance
  4. Early years initial teacher training: funding guidance for academic years 2018 to 2019
    • Guidance
  5. Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2017 to 18
    • Guidance
  6. Training bursary guide: academic year 2017 to 2018
    • Guidance
  7. Training bursary guide: academic year 2016 to 2017
    • Guidance
  8. School Direct (salaried): funding manual academic year 2016 to 17
    • Guidance
  9. Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory
    • Guidance

Changing or closing your ITT provision

In some circumstances you can migrate your ITT accreditation to another accredited entity. If you no longer want to offer ITT, you must follow the ITT provider closure guidance.

If you’re deemed non-compliant with the ITT criteria either by Ofsted during an initial teacher education inspection or by DfE, you may enter the accreditation withdrawal process.

  1. Initial teacher training (ITT): provision closure
    • Guidance
  2. Initial teacher training (ITT): accreditation withdrawal process
    • Guidance

Allocations and recruitment data

Allocation methodologies from previous years are published and available for providers to access.

  1. Postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment: 2017 to 2018
    • Transparency data

ITT statistics

In order for schools to make well-informed decisions about the partners they work with, we recommend looking at the following statistics when choosing a partner provider for ITT.


  1. Initial teacher training: trainee number census - 2016 to 2017
    • Official Statistics
Published 29 October 2013
Last updated 12 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added ITT allocations methodology for 2020 to 2021 information to the existing page about requesting ITT training places.
  2. Updated the link to the database of trainee teachers and providers (DTTP).
  3. Added 'Requesting initial teacher training places: 2020 to 2021'.
  4. Added Initial teacher training (ITT): requesting places 2019 to 2020 and removed ITT: requesting places and allocations methodology 2017 to 2018.
  5. Registering initial teacher training places 2016 to 2017 and The allocation of undergraduate initial teacher training (ITT) places guidance pages added.
  6. Training bursary guide 2015-2016, School Direct funding manual 2015 to 2016 and Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2015 to 2016 added.
  7. New guidance: Undergraduate Continuer Funding AY14 to 15 has been added to this collection
  8. Added a guide to funding initial teacher training, and subject knowledge enhancement course information
  9. Added School Direct operations manual and training bursary guide: academic year 2014 to 2015
  10. All relevant ITT documents have been grouped together and added to this collection. Links to further information added to description text.
  11. First published.