• DfE fails to hit female leadership coaching target

    The Department for Education is almost a year behind on its target to link 1,000 women teachers with 1,000 coaches, through its scheme to encourage more female school leaders. Launched by the DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in March 2016, the Women Leading in Education (WLE) programme promised to 1,000 connections

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Teaching misconduct: Sexual impropriety dominates lifetime bans

    Three quarters of teachers banned from the profession for life last year were excluded for sexual misconduct – with the remainder committing fraud and exam malpractice, or intentionally misleading job applications. Schools Week analysis of the 135 hearings carried out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) between September 1, 2016 and August

    5.00 Nov. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Long read: The inside story of the Trojan Horse trial collapse

    One of Michael Gove’s first decisions as education secretary was to abolish the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) in 2010. He was “deeply sceptical” of the body, which was responsible for maintaining a register of teachers and investigating alleged cases of misconduct, claiming that it did “little to raise the teaching standards of professionalism”.

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2017 | News

  • NCTL processes are robust but must be applied correctly

    The NCTL’s procedures are robust and rigorous, says James Lynas, but it needs sufficient numbers of properly trained staff to apply the rules correctly The National College for Teaching and Leadership’s disciplinary process has rightly come under more scrutiny after the collapse of action against five teachers in the so-called “Trojan Horse” scandal – after

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2017 | Opinion

  • National College no longer approves teacher training providers

    The government has stripped more powers from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, telling schools to submit requests to become a teacher training provider directly to the Department for Education. The move is a “significant” step towards the government’s absorption of the college, say experts. Originally opened to provide a standalone teacher training agency,

    5.00 Mar. 5th, 2017 | News

  • 'Superhead' Jo Shuter has teaching ban overturned

    A superhead who was banned from teaching for life over her expenses can now return to the classroom after a government disciplinary panel ruled that a prohibition order against her be set aside. Jo Shuter was banned for life in 2014 after a misconduct hearing into expenses claimed at London’s Quintin Kynaston School, but was

    12.56 Feb. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Identifying Trojan Horse witnesses would put off future whistleblowers, warns union

    Teachers would be discouraged from coming forward to blow the whistle on wrongdoing in schools if the government breaks a promise to give Trojan Horse witnesses anonymity, a union has warned. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has asked the government to release the names of whistleblowers who gave evidence as part of

    11.33 Jan. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Schools can get £5k for getting 'returner teachers' back into classrooms

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has launched another pilot to try to encourage qualified teachers back to the classroom – with the biggest financial rewards going to schools employing part-time or “flexible-working” returners. Last year, schools were offered a “support package” of £1,900 to aid qualified teachers not currently in the classroom

    5.00 Nov. 27th, 2016 | News