To support governing boards and their school or trust leaders to develop flexible working practices for all roles, the National Governance Association (NGA) has published a guide to flexible working.
Built on three strategic conversations: highlighting the benefits of flexible working, challenging assumptions (about what won’t work) and agreeing actions, the guide will help schools and trusts to develop a culture and practices that both work in their context and that benefit all pupils. It also explains the different types of flexible working and the responsibilities of governing boards.
The guide is set against a backdrop of fewer people applying to become teachers, and more qualified teachers leaving the profession. As the world of work is changing rapidly, more people want to work in different ways and there is growing demand for flexibility. This includes experienced teachers who schools want to retain, and the next generation of teachers who the sector will need to attract.
Commenting on the guidance, NGA’s director of advice and guidance Steve Edmonds said:
“We are pleased to publish this guide and help governing boards and school and trust leaders manage the challenges of flexible working and realise the many benefits it brings. NGA hope that it will encourage boards to grasp this agenda and help make schools and trusts great places to work. Boards exercising responsibilities as the employer of staff, are crucial in bringing about the culture shift needed to embed flexible working in schools and trusts so that they are seen as exemplary employers. It can and needs to be done if we are to attract and retain the people we need.”
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