As part of the role as a class teacher in a primary school you may be asked to take on the responsibility of leading the school in a curriculum subject. Newly qualified teachers are not usually expected to take on this role in their first year but in subsequent years they may be asked to lead one of the foundation subjects such as music, technology or history. A more experienced teacher may be asked to take on the subject coordinator role for one of the core subjects such as Mathematics, English or Science.

Probably the most important responsibility will be to convey to the rest of the teaching staff any new initiatives that are sent out from the local education authority which pertain to your subject. You may be called upon to lead staff meetings each term to update staff and to support them in their curriculum planning.

One of the unenviable tasks of the subject coordinator is to do regular book trawls. This involves looking at a selection of books to check that the school planning is being followed, that differentiation is present and that marking follows the school marking policy guidelines. Although a time-consuming task it is necessary to ensure school policy is being adhered to.