Goodbye NCTL, hello Teaching Regulation Agency

A new Teaching Regulation Agency will be established from April 2018, following the closure of the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

The Department for Education has today announced that the NCTL will cease to function next year, with its teacher recruitment functions merged with the rest of the department.

The regulation of the teaching profession, including misconduct hearings currently run by the NCTL, will be handled by a new executive agency of the DfE, the Teaching Regulation Agency.

The NCTL was formed in 2013 through a merger of the National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency.

Roger Pope, the NCTL’s chair, said it was right that the department “adapted” in the face of changes in the education sector.

“Having worked with the NCTL since October 2015, I have seen first-hand the benefits of the fantastic work by hard working staff across the organisation. It is right that as the education sector changes we adapt. This new approach will help ensure that all teachers get the support and recognition they deserve.”

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, said the move would enable the department to build on work already underway to “invest in the profession and better support teachers in the classroom”.

The department said it will “work closely with staff, unions and stakeholders in the education sector” to deliver its plans.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, said the change was a “logical move” which “rightly keeps the current regulatory function of the NCTL as a distinct organisation” while bringing delivery of teacher recruitment into the DfE.

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