School Learning and Development Practitioners are typically involved with identifying learning/training needs, designing/sourcing training and learning solutions, delivering and evaluating training, and working with school managers and stakeholders. The role’s focus is often on the practical delivery of training. The School Learning and Development Practitioner will typically have expertise and competence in their specific field whether it be technical, vocational or behavioural.
They link the learning within their area of responsibility to school objectives and performance, understanding the learning cycle and working by it. The role can be more specialist, with a focus on and requiring in-depth expertise in a specific area of learning and development such as learning design, e-learning or digital/blended learning.
Whichever of these is an area of focus; the learning and development practitioner is future-focused, understands the school’s context/culture and has a good grounding across the whole training and learning cycles. The role supports the learning and development function to contribute to and influence improved performance in the school at an individual, team and multi-academy trust level.