Subject leaders: rules around teaching and learning responsibilities (TLRs)

The STPCD is clear that teachers without a TLR1 or TLR2 shouldn't be given subject leadership responsibilities. See what this means, and how you can tell if you're asking too much of teachers without TLRs.

Last reviewed on 10 November 2023See updates
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  1. Teachers without a TLR1 or TLR2 can't be accountable for a subject
  2. Teachers without a TLR can co-ordinate a subject
  3. Be mindful of appraisal targets for subject co-ordinators without a TLR

Teachers without a TLR1 or TLR2 can't be accountable for a subject

While teachers are naturally expected to share their experience and knowledge to help shape your school’s curriculum, you can't ask a teacher without a TLR1 or TLR2 to take on:

  • Responsibility for a subject
  • Accountability for a subject

This is made explicit in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD), page 75, paragraph 48.

Understand more about the rules and criteria for awarding TLR payments.

Teachers without a TLR can co-ordinate a subject

A classroom teacher not in receipt of a TLR can still be responsible for co-ordinating a subject area, as long as they're not made accountable for results in the subject across your school.

For example, they could:

  • Share good practice with other teachers
  • Research and share study materials
  • Suggest resources for your school to use

If a teacher without

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