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Flexible working in schools and trusts

Use our guidance to develop policies and an approach to flexible working that benefits staff and pupils.

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Guidance from the DfE defines flexible working as arrangements which vary the amount, timing and location of work. Conversations about flexible working in schools and trusts often only take place when individual requests are being considered.

However, there are numerous benefits associated with promoting and encouraging flexible working as an employer. These include attracting a wider pool of potential employees, retaining staff who would otherwise leave, improving work life balance and morale, enhanced reputation and outcomes for pupils.  

Our guide to flexible working can be used by governing boards and school and trust leaders to develop policies and an approach to flexible working that works in their context and realises these benefits.

Our guide for governing boards covers:

  • types of flexible working
  • the responsibilities of governing boards
  • the potential benefits of flexible working
  • challenging assumptions
  • agreeing actions

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