Flexible working: could all teachers work a four-day week?
School working patterns are anachronistic, inflexible and in urgent need of reform, says Jonathan Taylor, Principal of International School-Zurich North, in Switzerland.
We need a paradigm shift.
The argument for a modernisation of working practices is compelling, even beyond the moral obligation to accommodate the changed needs of new parents.
For example, the TUC calculated that teachers work more overtime than any other profession. Furthermore, education is currently suffering a recruitment and retention crisis of unprecedented proportions.
The Department for Education missed its recruitment target for the seventh consecutive year, and teachers are leaving the profession in droves.
Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. Therefore, it is imperative that teaching moves in line with other industries, to create working conditions conducive to the demands of modern society.
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