Best Practice

Developing a school calendar which works for everyone

If you get your annual calendar wrong it can adversely affect staff across the school. If you get it right, it can tackle workload, boost CPD, and help your school and staff to thrive. Clare Duffy talks us through her school’s approach
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The job of pulling together the whole school calendar is often a thankless one. Balancing the demands of school life and all the associated events alongside the constraints of the 1,265 directed time requirements is no easy feat.

However, the school calendar, I would argue, is one of the most important elements of school planning to get right. It embodies the lived experience of your staff day-in, day-out throughout the academic year and reflects the culture of your school.

And if you get it wrong, then there are plenty of staff adversely affected, with a potential impact on staff wellbeing and morale.

We know that teacher recruitment and retention is challenging, and the research consistently shows us that addressing workload is paramount.

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