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Get an overview of the leading practitioner post, including the main responsibilities and how to set the individual pay range.

What is a leading practitioner?

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) defines a leading practitioner as a teacher who is in a post which has the primary purpose of modelling and leading improvement of teaching skills. 

This is outlined in annex 2, page 57 of the STPCD. 

You determine their main responsibilities

The STPCD doesn't provide a list of specific responsibilities for leading practitioners.

It explains that leading practitioners: 

  • Have the same professional responsibilities and benefit from the same rights as all other teachers (excluding the headteacher)
  • You can include additional responsibilities for the role in the job description

This is explained on page 46 of the STPCD linked above

Look at the DfE's recommended responsibilities 

The DfE says the leading practitioner should:

And, take a leadership role in developing, implementing and evaluating policies

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