Schools data management system

Welcome to the Schools data management system website.

This website allows you to manage your registrations for School Direct courses.

New accounts for the Schools DMS cannot be created outside of the initial registration period.

Before you create an account or access the Schools DMS please refer to this useful guide:  link.

You should create a new account during the initial registration period only if you a) do not currently have a user account and wish to enter details of a new Lead School, or b) wish to create a new user account for an existing Lead School.

You are not required to create a new user account if you already hold an existing user account that reflects your schools current status and that you will be continuing to use.

Please do not create a new user account if you have just forgotten your password. In this case please use the 'forgotten password' function on the login page, or email

If you do not have a username and password, or if your username and password will not give you access please contact the Schools DMS login helpdesk by e-mail at

For any query on how to use this site, or any other non-technical questions, please e-mail




You cannot amend the number of partner schools on the registration page.  It is correctly defaulted to 1, and this value is automatically updated when you select your partner schools for 2018/19 in subsequent sections.

After you have completed the registration questions, you will need to confirm this information by selecting the ‘Complete entry and proceed’ button.  This will then allow you to register your courses and partner schools for the 2018/19 academic year.

To select your partner schools:

*Choose the ‘partner schools’ tab in the left hand menu.  Note: You do not need to return to the registration page;

*Check both boxes to confirm i) you understand the new criteria and ii) your partner school information will accurately represent those schools that are members of your partnership in 2018/19.  Click ‘OK’ to continue;

    On selecting partner schools, pop-up messages will appear warning you about the minimum partnership size requirement.  Click 'OK' to continue and select your next partner school.  No schools will be transferred from previous academic years, so you will need to list them all again.

    Once you have reached the minimum partnership size; you will then be able to register your School Direct courses for 2018/19 by selecting the ‘Register School Direct courses’ tab in the left hand menu.

Entry to Schools data management system
User name:

Data Protection Statement

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will hold and use all the data supplied, including contact details, within the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. The personal information recorded on this database may be used by the NCTL and/or its partners and contractors including, Ofsted, the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), for the administration and monitoring of initial teacher training schemes. Information on the database will be held for up to 25 years. Before publication all data will be anonymised.

*On 1st April 2012 the NCTL replaced the Training and Development Agency (TDA). The NCTL is an Executive Agency for the Department for Education.