There is a growing momentum behind efforts to make flexible and part-time working in schools a reality. Julian Stanley explains

As we are all well aware, the numbers of teachers and school leaders leaving and not returning to the profession is clearly and steadily growing. Retention of working-age teachers is getting tougher, particularly in secondary schools.

During 2011, six per cent of the workforce left for reasons other than retirement and by 2015 this had risen to eight per cent. At the same time, the number of secondary students is expected to rise by around 20 per cent in the next 10 years.

But outside of government intervention, what tools do school leaders have at their disposal to boost teacher retention in their own workforce?

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