Best Practice

Case study: Part-time working in the secondary school

Flexible working is seen as one of the key solutions to the recruitment and retention challenges facing schools. Emma Lee-Potter speaks to part-time maths teacher Peter Jerrom to find out how it can work in practice

Maths teacher Peter Jerrom worked in investment banking for 18 years before deciding to switch from finance to education.

Today, three years into his teaching career, he is one of a growing number of part-time teachers in primary and secondary schools – a way of working he believes has enabled him to become a better teacher and spend more time with his family.

In England, the proportion of secondary teachers now working part-time has hit 20 per cent in 2018/19, up from 17 per cent in 2010/11 (Worth, 2020). Meanwhile, data from the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies service revealed earlier this year that more than one in 10 teaching jobs advertised on the government website are flexible roles.

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