The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has had its teacher training powers stripped by the government, Schools Week reports.

The move is part of the process to absorb the college into the government.

Schools requesting to become initial teacher training providers must now submit their applications directly to the Department for Education.

The absorption process began in July 2015, when the government closed the college’s £28 million training centre in Nottingham.

This latest move also follows the changing of the NCTL’s status, from a separate body, to an executive arm of the Department for Education.

The NCTL’s board has also been dissolved.

Union and education leaders have said they are disappointed with the developments.

Professor Alan Smithers of the University of Buckingham said:

“The NCTL is still officially an agency but has been absorbed to the extent that it has almost disappeared.”

He was also concerned that teacher training provision applications would be “…considered on the correctness of the document submitted, without any sense of the likely quality of the proposed provision that someone with a background in teaching or teacher training would be expected to have.”

Others have said the move shouldn’t be cause for concern.

“…[absorption is] unlikely to make any difference as far as providers are concerned,” said Pam Tatlow, chief executive of MillionPlus, the association for modern universities.

“I suspect [the switch of ITT provider submissions]  is part of enabling the DfE policy team and the NCTL which delivers aspects of that policy to work more closely together. As such it could be seen as a positive move so that policy and delivery are aligned,” said Sian Carr, a former operational director at the NCTL and outgoing president of the Association of School and College Leaders.

The changes are part of an ongoing review of the NCTL, the outcome of which will be published in April.