The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) (previously known as the National College for School Leadership) is an executive agency of the United Kingdom's Department for Education. NCTL has two key aims, to improve academic standards by: ensuring there is a well-qualified and motivated teaching profession, in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the school system; and to help schools to help each other to improve. NCTL also supports the quality and status of the teaching profession by ensuring that in cases of serious professional misconduct, teachers are prohibited from teaching and oversees the induction process for teachers and awards Qualified Teacher Status and Early Years Teacher Status.
The NCTL 2015-16 annual report and accounts sets out their key areas of operational delivery as follows:
Providing over £210m funding in the form of bursary and salary contributions to initial teacher training providers to meet the teacher trainee recruitment targets;
Delivering a range of projects to provide innovative solutions to the overall recruitment of teachers as well as subject specific recruitment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM);
Designating and funding 576 Teaching Schools Alliances to develop school-led initial teacher training activities, offering a range of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for teachers and leading on school to school support;
Designating 1,134 national leaders of education to support schools in challenging circumstances;
Working with licensees to deliver national professional qualifications to secure 9,895 participants into Senior/Middle leader of headship programmes;
Managing over 1,000 referrals made during 2015-16 to consider allegations of serious misconduct against teachers. Hold case hearings to consider whether individuals should be prohibited from teaching in any school in England;
Delivering national teacher recruitment media, television and digital campaigns to attract people into the teaching profession.