Part-time working could offer solution to the retention crisis

A major workforce study has highlighted the potential of flexible working and the importance of job satisfaction and autonomy for teachers if schools want to boost their staff retention rates. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Secondary schools are being urged to embrace part-time and even flexible working in a bid to beat the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

Furthermore, school leaders must prioritise teachers’ job satisfaction, focusing on areas such as line management and teacher autonomy if they want to keep hold of staff.

The recommendations are among those in a major workforce study published last week by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER).

The report, which has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found that teachers are moving more often between schools and increasing numbers are leaving the profession altogether.

Schools are also losing out on valuable experience, the report warns, due to a notable drop in the number of staff aged 50 or over.

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