Last reviewed on 6 January 2017
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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How do primary schools structure their leadership teams? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on different leadership structures. We refer to examples of leadership structures from schools and link to National College case studies on this topic.

Phase-based and focus-based leadership structures

We spoke to Bernard Abrams, one of The Key’s associate education experts, about how primary schools can structure their leadership teams. He told us that primary schools often use either phase-based or focus-based leadership structures.

Key Stage-based leadership structure

Bernard said that some primary schools structure their leadership teams according to Key Stage (KS).

Teachers on the leadership pay range make up the top two tiers of this leadership structure. The third tier is formed of middle leaders, who are co-ordinators for different phases and usually receive teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments. For example:

  1. Headteacher
  2. Deputy/assistant headteachers
  3. Middle leaders:
    • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) co-ordinator
    • KS1 co-ordinator
    • KS2 co-ordinator

Focus-based leadership structure

In the example below, the third tier of the leadership structure is made up of middle leaders who usually receive TLR payments. These middle leaders co-ordinate whole-school areas that correspond to