Job-shares can help to solve staff crisis

28th September 2001 at 01:00
I feel saddened and frustrated that I have seen initiatives to recruit teachers from abroad, encouragement of parents to consider a career in teaching and moves to retain supply teachers but have heard nothing to encourage job-sharing in the profession.

I am a well-qualified, experienced primary teacher forced to do supply work because there was not a single post for me to apply for this summer that suited my need to job-share.

Many teachers have families and find the workload and hours of full-time teaching unmanageable. The workload and strain on teachers is often the reason for them leaving the profession. Yet I have seen no evidence whatsoever of a push by central government to encourage heads and governing bodies to advertise and encourage the recruitment of job-sharing teachers in primary schools.

Although job-share staff are slightly more expensive to employ due to extra training and insurance costs, in the long run these are greatly outweighed by lower sickness costs and increased input into the school from two members of staff.

Ms J Williams

21a Livingstone Road

Southborne

Bournemouth

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