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Spotlight on embracing flexible working at secondary level

Posted 6th February 2024


In the dynamic landscape of secondary education, the imperative shift towards flexible working practices has become unavoidable. With a surge in teacher exits, Neil Renton, Headteacher at Harrogate Grammar School, explores his changing mindset. Reflecting on cultural attitudes within education, Neil delves into the pressing issue of teacher retention, referencing some hard hitting statistics.

Neil’s journey of realisation for change is underscored by a compelling initiative - his school's role as a Flexible Working Ambassador Multi-Academy Trust and School (FWAMS). This project, funded by the Department for Education, aims to promote flexible working practices and support school leaders. Neil shares benefits and success stories, emphasising how flexibility positively impacts recruitment, retention, staff wellbeing and diversity. In a sector grappling with challenges, Neil urges leaders to embrace change, foster teacher support and build a future prioritising wellbeing for educators and students

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