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It’s not much of a stretch to keep your best staff

Retention has become an ever-growing issue for school leaders. If you want to keep your teachers, you need to be amenable to requests for flexible working, regardless of gender, seniority or life circumstances, argues Keziah Featherstone

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When I first moved into headship, I worked with an amazing supply teacher. She was committed, talented, and the students responded well to her. I wondered why she had chosen to do supply rather than accept a permanent position. When I asked, her answer took me by surprise.

“For two weeks every summer I work as an official at Wimbledon,” she explained. “No school would be flexible enough to give me the time off, so I just do supply.”

We are hearing more and more about flexible working in education – it was heartening to see that the Department for Education recently held a flexible-working ...

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