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How to help the parent-teacher juggling act

The government has said that it wants schools to offer more flexible working conditions. But to ride out the recruitment crisis, leaders need to go further than just offering part-time contracts, argues Katie White

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Parenting and teaching have a lot in common. Both require energy, organisation and a commitment to late nights and early starts. Both are high-reward, but high-maintenance. The question is: given how much it takes to teach and to parent, how on earth can one be good at both concurrently?

I find that being a secondary school English teacher and the mother of a two-year-old is often very challenging. I feel guilty if I miss school to look after my daughter when she is ill or when my childcare falls through at the last minute. And I feel guilty if I miss seeing my daughter when I have to stay ...

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