Teachers need flexible working to stop women leaving profession, says thinktank

Study warns of ‘shocking waste of talent’ and calls for improved childcare to encourage female teachers back to classrooms after maternity leave One in four of all teachers who quit in recent years were women aged between 30 and 39, found Policy Exchange. Photograph: Burger/Phanie / Rex Features Schools need to embrace flexible working and offer benefits to stop the “shocking waste of talent” that sees women dropping out of teaching permanently after maternity leave, according to a leading education thinktank. Jonathan Simons, author of a paper to be published…

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One celebrated head’s 12-point manifesto to rescue the teaching profession from crisis

Trust in teachers, respect for teachers, Ofsted reform, league table abolition, pay rises and seven more targets… Surely the question on the lips of every individual who is passionate about education is this: “How do we break this cycle of negativity which is engulfing our profession?” Of course, this is no easy matter. However, I offer 12 points which, if addressed, could transform teaching. Let’s get the trust back. Why don’t people believe that generally teachers know what they are talking about? Let’s ditch the negatives and instead celebrate the calibre of…

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Teachers at Trojan Horse-linked school banned from profession

Two teachers who worked at a “Trojan Horse”-linked school where pupils were “fed on a diet of Islam” have been banned from the classroom. Inamulhaq Anwar, aged 34, and 41-year-old Akeel Ahmed had denied the allegation they had agreed with others, on or before March of 2014, on the inclusion of “an undue amount of religious influence in pupils’ education”. At the end of last year a professional standards panel handed both the former staff members at Park View Academy in Birmingham interim teaching bans after finding the allegation proven,…

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Teacher shortage: Four-day week attracts PhD graduates into profession

A government-backed scheme which guarantees that recruits will only spend four days a week in the classroom is helping to solve the teacher shortage in maths and science. The Researchers in Schools programme works along the lines of the TeachFirst scheme, which lured some of the brightest graduates in the country into teaching. Its unique angle is that the Researchers project only recruits graduates with a PhD. On their fifth day, the teachers can do their own research, go to conferences to improve their teaching skills, or work with small…

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