More than 60 organisations pledge action to boost flexible working for teachers

Tes reports that more than 60 pledges to encourage schools to introduce more flexible working practices have been made in a bid to tackle the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

The promises follow a DfE summit on the issue in October, where education secretary Justine Greening said that more flexible working would enable schools to keep valued teachers in the profession.

The pledges, announced this morning, include:

  • The National Education Union will promote the advantages of flexible working in schools and encourage them to extend its availability – using social media to gather and promote case studies;
  • WomenEd will work with the Association of School and College Leaders and the Chartered College of Teaching to develop cases studies of successful working practices that they will share with the sector;
  • Tes will ensure that all job adverts on its website clearly display whether the school will accept job-share or flexible working solutions;
  • The Chartered College of Teaching has set out plans to create a model of how flexible working can be implemented for all members of staff, to help educate school leaders; and
  • Barclays will host an event for school governors, senior school staff and members of the Department for Education to showcase its Dynamic Working Campaign.

Ms Greening said: “Flexible working is already happening in many other sectors – it’s vital we ensure it is happening in our schools too so we continue to attract the best and brightest into teaching. And, given this disproportionality affects women, it’s a smart way to help close the gender pay gap.”

Tes will create an award to recognise the schools with the most progressive working practices.

Rob Grimshaw, chief executive of Tes, said: “Schools that lead the way in offering flexible, part-time and job-sharing roles can be attractive to teachers who may otherwise consider leaving the profession or to those who have left and would consider returning.”

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