What is Lead Practitioner Accreditation?

The Lead Practitioner (LP) programme celebrates and motivates great teachers on an individual basis, especially ones who lead others to develop themselves.

A rigorous process of self-reflection and evaluation, Lead Practitioner Accreditation improves the individual’s professional skills and expertise.

The programme is made up of a framework of professional standards and a process of accreditation that has been designed by the profession, for the profession.

It recognises the skills, experience and qualities of school staff at every level, serving to embed and extend teaching and learning that impacts positively on learners.

Typically, practitioners get started by using the LP framework to develop small scale research projects that impact on students’ learning. But the programme takes off when applicants present their evidence beyond their existing teams to colleagues within their school and beyond.

If you have decided that leadership of learning, rather than system leadership, is your chosen career path, the Lead Practitioner Accreditation programme provides a structure that enables you to develop and flourish.

Once accredited, LPs continue their journey by developing as leaders of learning, inspiring others to embrace Lead Practitioner standards and creating communities of learners across the system.

Accredited status is awarded to the individual, but the programme is at its most powerful when headteachers get behind it on a whole-school basis, harnessing the LP standards to their own development priorities both as part of the accreditation process and beyond the award of LP status.

Accreditation can be achieved as an individual practitioner or by a group of practitioners working together, with many schools implementing their own Lead Practitioner accreditation programmes to support and develop their best practitioners within their school.

The impact

The impact of Lead Practitioner Accreditation: Case studies and what other schools and teachers think.

Get involved

How to get involved: Find out more and express your interest in the programme.

The Lead Practitioner Accreditation also offers a progression route for schools, to become a Lead Practitioner Learning Centre– a centre for excellence.