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The Government has launched a policy paper on increasing flexible working in schools.
The paper follows on from a Flexible Working Summit for national education sector stakeholders in October which looked at the barriers to flexible working in schools and the benefits of getting it right.
In addition to promoting flexible working in schools, the Summit opted to run a one-year pilot of a revised model of the Leadership Coaching Pledge for women teachers, including support for part-time workers and people returning to teaching after a break. It also opted to carry out research looking at changing recruitment practices in schools.
Individual schools pledged to extend flexible working. The DfE also committed to sharing knowledge and promoting the different policies and practices that schools are using to encourage flexible working by featuring them on its Teaching blog.
Other educational bodies promised to support flexible working through guidance, technological assistance and case studies. The TES also said it would establish a ‘best employer’ award at the TES Schools Awards that recognises schools that invest in their teaching staff and support them with progressive working practices.