Last reviewed on 12 January 2022
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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.

Teachers without a TLR1 or TLR2 cannot be accountable for a subject

While teachers are naturally expected to share their experience and knowledge to help shape your school’s curriculum, you cannot 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) on page 75 in 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