Flexible working is increasingly seen as a solution to recruitment and retention challenges, especially given our recent experience during Covid. Colin Hooker advises on some effective ways to offer flexible options which benefit schools, staff and pupils

The pandemic has jolted us out of our comfort zone and forced society to change the way it thinks about the working day. Having made rapid adaptations during lockdown, many businesses are continuing to allow their employees to work flexibly. As a result, more people can balance work and family commitments, look after their wellbeing, and maintain, if not improve, their productivity.

It is a leap of progress for the business world, but opportunities for flexible working in secondary schools have traditionally been few and far between. After all, when the children are in the classroom, teachers and teaching support staff have to be there too.

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