Useful links

Government bodies

Department for Education (DfE)

Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

The Department for Education is the department of Her Majesty’s Government working to the UK Secretary of State for Education.

Telephone: 0370 000 2288
Email: Contact form

Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA)

The Teaching Regulation Agency was repurposed from the NCTL in April 2018.


Teaching Information Line

The Teaching Information Line advises on recruitment opportunities and handles queries about becoming a teacher, initial teacher training and provision of relevant training.

Telephone: 0800 389 2500
Email: Contact form

Teacher Enquiry Line

The Teacher Enquiry Line handles queries about teacher induction, qualified teacher status and teacher regulation.

Telephone: 0207 593 5392

Teacher Reference numbers

For any queries over Teacher Reference numbers, contact the TRA at the number shown.

Telephone: 0207 593 5392

Our Associations

GSA LogoGirls’ Schools Association (GSA)
130 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7PG

GSA is the main association to which heads of girls senior independent schools belong.

Telephone: 0116 2541619
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Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)
12 The Point
Rockingham Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire LE16 7QU

HMC represents the heads of over 240 boys’ and co-educational independent senior schools.

Telephone: 01858 469 059

Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
11 Waterloo Place
Leamington Spa CV32 5LA

Represents the heads of more than 570 boys’, girls’ and co-educational preparatory schools for children aged from 2 to 13.

Telephone: 01926 887833

Independent Schools Association (ISA)
ISA House
5-7 Great Chesterford Court
Great Chesterford, CB10 1PF

ISA members include heads of some 300 preparatory, senior and all-through schools.

Telephone: 01799 523619

Society of Heads of Independent Schools
12 The Point
Rockingham Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire LE16 7QU

The Society represents the heads of independent schools of all sizes, many of which have a long tradition of boarding.

Telephone: 01858 433760

Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

55-56 Russell Square

COBIS is a membership association of British schools of quality, established in 1981 to support its members and represent their interests in Britain and overseas, particularly with Government, education authorities and educational associations in order to advance the interests of British schools outside the UK.

Telephone: 0203 8267190

Additional independent sector organisations

The Independent Schools Council (ISC)

isc-logo-2015The Independent Schools Council is established to support the aims and objectives of its member associations, to protect and promote the sector through targeted and effective campaigns with policy makers and opinion formers, to be a leading source of legal and regulatory guidance for the sector, to conduct and compile authoritative sector research and intelligence and to provide online access to sector and school information to inform parental decisions

Telephone: 020 7766 7070
Email: Email options

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a body approved for the purpose of inspection under Section 162A of the Education Act 2002. As such it reports to the Department for Education (DfE) on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements. ISI is the agency responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council (ISC)

Telephone: 020 7600 0100

School-based initial teacher training resources

Independent Schools Council (ISC) Teacher Training

isctt-logo-2015ISC’s teacher training website contains information for graduates considering teaching as a career and for independent schools wanting to train teachers.

Email: Contact form

Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) Teacher Training

HMC’s teacher training website has details of a two year programme of recruitment, training and induction that provides a direct route into the teaching profession.

Telephone: 01858 462 477

National organisations

General Teaching Council for Wales
9th Floor
Eastgate House
35-43 Newport Road
Cardiff CF24 0AB

Telephone: 029 2046 0099

General Teaching Council for Scotland
Clerwood House
96 Clermiston Rd
Edinburgh EH12 6UT

Telephone: 0131 314 6000

General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
3rd Floor
Albany House
73-75 Victoria Street
Belfast BT2 7AF

Telephone: 028 9033 3390

Northern Ireland Department for Education
Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
Co. Down BT19 7PR

Telephone: 028 9127 9279

National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC)
Oriel House
Oriel Road
Glos, GL50 1XP

UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for facilitating checks on non-teaching qualifications awarded overseas.

Telephone: 0871 330 7033 (Helpline)

Teaching unions

National Education Union
Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London WC1H 9BD

Telephone: 0345 811 8111

National Association of School Masters/Union of Women Teachers
Hillscourt Education Centre Rose Hill
Rednal B45 8RS

Telephone: 0121 453 6150

National Association of Headteachers
1 Heath Sq,
Boltro Rd,
Haywards Heath,
W Sussex RH16 1BL

Telephone: 01444 472414

Association of School and College Leaders (formerly SHA)
130 Regent Rd
Leicester LE1 7PG

Telephone: 0116 2991122

Voice: the union for education professionals
2 St James’ Court
Friar Gate
Derby DE1 1BT

Telephone: 01332 372337