Sarah Simons

Treat us like part-timers, expect a part-time effort

Being left out of meetings, emails and celebrations can easily erode commitment

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Over 50 per cent of the workforce in general FE colleges are part-timers. It’s that flexibility that allowed me to enter the sector when my son was small, scheduling sessional hours around childcare. Over the years, I’ve worked on a part-time basis at five colleges, but how connected I’ve felt to those institutions has varied greatly.

I’ve had some brilliant experiences where small gestures and thoughtful organisational routines have helped me feel just as included as those who spend all day, every day in one workplace. I’ve also taught at colleges where I’ve felt like a visitor. Guess which ...

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