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Flexible working in schools and trusts

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

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DfE guidance defines flexible working as ‘arrangements which allow employees to vary the amount, timing, or location of their work’.

There are numerous benefits associated with promoting and encouraging flexible working in schools and trusts. These include attracting a wider pool of potential employees, retaining staff who would otherwise leave, and improving work-life balance and wellbeing.

Our guide to flexible working can be used by governing boards and school 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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