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Men must share mundane tasks

Research has found that female staff are more likely to volunteer for duties that have ‘low promotability’. Here, Zofia Niemtus considers how headteachers can ensure a fairer distribution of work

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In any profession, there are tasks that everyone would rather someone else took care of. Teaching is no different. Whether it’s clearing out the staffroom fridge, collecting tickets at the school fete or handing out the photocopies on Inset day, education has its share of tasks that are essential but not likely to help towards a possible promotion.

But who do these tasks fall to? According to recent research from the US, more often than not, women are the ones who volunteer for them. And that can have real implications, not just for their individual career progression but also for the overall ...

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