We Are In Beta is a community for school leaders who are always learning. They are now offering a closed forum for discussion groups and ideas. It is a great place to be in this new virtual landscape - filled with positivity, progress and good people. Check it out here.
Nic Ponsford and her pals have pulled together some wonderful resources to support anyone who has suddenly found themselves running their very own homeschool. Remember to be kind to yourself - it is impossible to work, parent and be a homeschool teacher all at the same time but these resources might help.
The CoronaCrisis has certainly led to a steep learning curve for many when it comes to teaching online. TeacherToolkit has some great tips and resources though to help. Check out 46 Ideas: How to Teach Online.
We are in Beta is a podcast promoting examples of positivity and good practice in the education sector. In an episode focusing on flexible working you can hear Lucy Rose explaining the work of Flexible Teacher Talent and how perceived barriers to flexible working can be overcome. Listen here.
We are so pleased to have been part of the advisory group which created these resources to help schools get started with flexible working.
As part of their priority is to ensure teaching remains an attractive and sustainable career, the new DfE strategy has an explicit focus on flexible working. They intend to launch a high profile "find your job share" website and a competition for Edtech providers to promote and facilitate flexible working.
Read this article in Teach Primary on why flexible working can help the education sector retain effective teachers.
We were thrilled to be asked to participate in an evening where we shared the project with many sponsors outside of education. Huge congratulations to the winners and thank you to all those who have pledged their support in our future development.
In collaboration with the MTPTproject we hosted 3 free workshops for women returning to teaching. The morning workshops provided a crèche and attracted participants from as far away as Tunbridge Wells. We are looking forward to seeing them secure their ideal jobs at their level of experience.
In February 2018, Lucy was one of the keynote speakers at the Chartered College of Teaching Annual Conference. You can watch her talk about flexible work in education here.
Article from SchoolsWeek about research showing that the proportion of women appointed to leadership roles in schools is rising, but men are still being promoted more quickly.
Link to a collection of essays on teacher recruitment and retention - including "Let’s Talk About Flex" and "Recruiting and Retaining Teachers – the Art of the Possible".
Paper on the recruitment and retention of teachers in England, including Government initiatives to increase teacher supply.
Government return to teaching programme results in only 27 achieving the stated target of teaching Ebacc subjects at secondary schools by November 2016. The cost of each returner is estimated at £37,400.
Keziah Featherstone writes about leadership driven by uncompromising values and the determination to make dreams a reality and how a lack of it has been a barrier to flexible working in schools.
Coverage of the Charted College of Teaching Annual Conference and how schools are using flexible working to their benefit.