Flexible Working Toolkit

Flexible Working Toolkit

What Is Flexible Working?

  • Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home. (https://www.gov.uk/flexible-working)
There is a range of ways that teachers can consider working flexibly:
  • Part time working – the most common form of flexible working across all professions, including teaching. Usually characterized by working less than fulltime hours and/or working fewer days;
  • Job sharing - two or more people do one job and split the hours. Increasingly popular option for teachers and schools, particularly where individual teachers are able to organize and propose their own job-sharing arrangements;
  • Compressed hours - working full-time hours but over fewer days. A useful option when it may not be financially convenient for a teacher to take on a reduced number of hours. However, can have increased workload implications for the reduced number of days that an individual teacher does work;
  • Staggered hours - the employee has different start, finish and break times from other workers (this would be dependent on each individual application and situation). Useful for teachers with caring/childcare responsibilities who may need to drop off or collect children but who don’t want or need to work less than five days a week.
  • Remote working - there are other forms of part-time work, such as working from home, that are increasingly popular in other professions, but which don’t lend themselves so easily to teaching. However, while regular home-working may not be practical for most teachers in most schools, there are many schools which do offer ad hoc working from home opportunities where appropriate.

The Diverse Educators’ Flexible Working Toolkit

We are collating a growing bank of resources to support you in reflecting on the following questions:
  • How can we recruit more teachers through flexible working?
  • How can we retain more teachers through flexible working?
  • How can we reengage more teachers through flexible working?
  • How can we change perspectives on flexible working?
  • How can we create school cultures and ethos to enable flexible working?
  • How can flexible working improve diversity and equality in our schools?

Articles

IMPACT Journal February 2021

A raw deal for part-time leaders?

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SchoolsWeek Oct 2020

£500k to boost flexible working and drive staff retention.

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SchoolsWeek December 2020

No more excuses for failing to adopt flexible working.

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SchoolsWeek September 2021

Why leave teachers out of the flexible working revolution?

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Teacher Booker

The ‘Part-Time Teaching’ Panacea.

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TES October 2017

Flexible working in senior leadership.

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TES Dec 2018

Flexible working teachers – what are your options?

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TES January 2020

Embrace flexible working to hire and retain talented staff.

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TES May 2020

Flexible working for teachers is truly possible.

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TES April 2021

Does flexible working mean the same hours for less pay?

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TES May 2021

What if ‘flexible working’ meant leaving school early?

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TES October 2021

Improving staff retention through flexible timetabling.

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TES October 2021

Will teachers ever have flexible working?

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TES November 2021

Flexible working – is this how to make it work for you?

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Blogs

Department for Education – Emma Turner

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Department for Education – Sue Plant

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Education Support

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Innovate My School

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Teacher Toolkit

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TES

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United Learning – Mandy Coalter

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University of Buckingham

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WomenEd – Flexible and part-time working – the benefits – Raphael Moss

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WomenEd – Part-time TLRs – Lindsay Patience

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Books

Coalter, Mandy. Talent Architects: How to make your school a great place to work

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Dale, Gemma. Flexible Working: How to Implement Flexibility in the Workplace to Improve Employee and Business Performance

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Kelliher, Clare (Menezes, Lillian). Flexible Working in Organisations: A Research Overview (State of the Art in Business Research)

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Lake, Andy. Smart Flexibility: Moving Smart and Flexible Working from Theory to Practice

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Patience, Lindsay and Rose, Lucy. Flex Education: A guide for flexible working in schools

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Turner, Emma. Let's Talk about Flex: Flipping the flexible working narrative for education.

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Podcasts

Creating a Culture of Flexible Working (The Key)

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Flexible Working for Parents (TeacherToolkit)

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Flexible Working Requests (XPertHR)

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Future of Flexible Working (CIPD)

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How to Apply for Flexible Working (Mothers Who Work)

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The Jigsaw Puzzle (We are in Beta)

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Making Flexible Working Work (The Key)

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The Pursuit of Wellbeing – The Power of Flexible Working

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Tea and Educake: Lindsay Patience – Flexible Working

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Two Heads are Better Than One (We are in Beta)

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Wellbeing Podcast: Flexible Working (Optimus)

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Resources

Campaign Page (WomenEd)

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Case Studies and Guidance (Chartered College)

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Flexible Working in Education (Timewise)

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Flexible Working in Schools Summit

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Flexible Working in Schools (DfE)

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Flexible Working (CIPD)

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Job Sharing Resources (Capability Jane)

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NASUWT Guidance

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Working Families

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Videos

Challenging Conventional Working Patterns in Education (Athelstan Trust)

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Flexible Hiring for Approvers (Pioneer FWAS)

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Flexible Working Ambassador School Launch (Malmesbury School)

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Flexible Working for Approvers (Pioneer FWAS)

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Flexible Working for Requesters (Pioneer FWAS)

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Flexible Working in Schools – How to Make it Work (NFER)

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Flexible Working Schools - Headteacher Job Share (DfE)

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Flexible Working Virtual Meet Up

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How can we take the force out of the teacher workforce? (TES/LKMCo)

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How to Normalise Flexible Working in Schools (CCT)

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#LDEduchat – Flexible Working

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