Flexible working support: a programme for Multi-Academy Trusts and Schools

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About the programme

Capita, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), are delivering a programme to promote flexible working practices in Multi-Academy Trusts and schools, which includes a series of free training and support webinars.

Webinar and resource topics will include, amongst others, implementing flexible working, best practice and case studies, diversity in the workforce and co‑leadership and job sharing.

Important changes from 6 April to flexible working legislation, login to find out more

Alongside our partner Flexible Teacher Talent, and in partnership with Flexible Working Ambassador Multi-Academy Trusts and Schools (FWAMS), we are delivering a programme to support schools to adopt flexible working.

The programme will support school leaders to design flexible roles, adopt a proactive approach and navigate the challenges flexible working can pose in schools.

The programme will increase awareness of the benefits of flexible working and the full range of flexible working practices available, which can include part-time working, job sharing, home or remote working, phased retirement and personal/family days.

Flexible Working Ambassador Multi-Academy Trusts and Schools (FWAMS) have been appointed by the DfE to provide bespoke peer support to school leaders to assist them to establish a culture of flexible working in their schools. 

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Future courses and recordings

Flexible working in conjunction with diversity, equity and inclusion
We hope you can join us for this one-hour webinar that will focus on how flexible working can promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within schools. During the webinar we aim to demonstrate how flexible working can help to recruit, retain, and develop teachers and leaders. We will explore and challenge existing barriers to accessing flexible working arrangements and how different groups may be impacted by this e.g., those with a disability, carers, and parents, those reaching retirement age. There will be practical advice provided, including case studies, on how schools can use flexible working effectively and model inclusive workplace practices. Responsibilities under the Equality Act including PSED will also be discussed.
School leaders, Business/HR leaders, Governors/Trustees
12/11/24
11:00
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Supporting progression with flex
Join us for this session where we will be exploring how flexible working works with senior leadership roles in schools – with career progression. We will look at how drawing on your previous skills and experience can support your application for flexible working, as well as alternative approaches to progression and case studies of ‘Now Teachers’ in promoted posts.
This session will particularly support career-changer teachers who want both flexibility and additional responsibilities/leadership roles. It will also be helpful to those wanting to explore what career progression looks like for career-changers who don’t want to be in senior leadership roles. Anyone with an interest in this area is welcome to attend.
School leaders, Business/HR leaders, Teachers
07/11/24
15:00
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Flexible working and early teaching careers
Join us for this hour-long session where we will discuss how the need to work flexibly is something that we are all likely to need, and possibly be able to do, at some point in our working lives. This webinar will have a particular focus on ECTs, highlighting the value of flexible working in supporting teacher recruitment and retention. If flexible working is to be successful, there are obligations and expectations of the employer and employee. During the session we will look at the likely and particular nature of support required for ECTs who work flexibly.
School Leaders supporting ECTs and ECTs
09/10/24
10:00
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Identifying and communicating a vision for flexible working
Join us for this one-hour event, which aims to support you in defining and creating a vision for implementing flexible working.

We’ll explore the drivers and priorities for change, as well as how to effectively communicate this vision to colleagues to encourage buy-in.
School, Trust Leaders, HR and Business Leaders
03/10/24
10:00
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Making a flexible working request
Are you currently on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave and thinking about making a flexible working request? If so, this is the perfect session for you. Join us for this session to learn about your legal entitlements, current best practice and how to prepare to negotiate to find a flexible working pattern that mutually benefits both you and your school.

This webinar will be particularly helpful for teachers currently on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave. It may also be of interest to teachers who have taken any period of extended leave, or teachers who are making a flexible working request but are currently back at work.
Teachers with an interest in making a flexible working request.
26/09/24
10:00
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Setting boundaries for effective flexible working
This one-hour webinar will focus on identifying areas of our flexible working lives where there may be a need to establish or strengthen boundaries. We will discuss strategies on setting and holding boundaries effectively. Our aim is to help you understand how effective boundary setting can support flexible working practices, wellbeing, workload and a sense of fulfilment in both personal and professional lives.
Colleagues planning to or currently working flexibly.
18/09/24
15:30
Online
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New flex legislation – are you ready?
Understand the new Flexible Working Act and how schools can prepare for the changes.

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act will soon introduce new requirements for employers. Secondary legislation is planned that will allow employees to request flexible working from the start of their employment. This means that schools will need to adjust hiring practices and reconsider how flexible working requests are managed.

As well as introducing the new legislation, we will discuss its importance, the types of flexibility covered under the legislation, what it means for you, how you can prepare and action planning.
Headteachers, Business Managers, HR Leaders, Governors, Trustees
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Making a flexible working request
Are you currently on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave and thinking about making a flexible working request? If so, this is the perfect session for you. Join us for this session to learn about your legal entitlements, current best practice and how to prepare to negotiate to find a flexible working pattern that mutually benefits both you and your school.

This webinar will be particularly helpful for teachers currently on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave. It may also be of interest to teachers who have taken any period of extended leave, or teachers who are making a flexible working request but are currently back at work.
Teachers with an interest in making a flexible working request.
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Flexible job design: how to make flexible working the default
This workshop will detail how to provide a flexible job design process that enables all staff to flex without affecting their pay. By the end of the session, leaders will have a clear, workable process that can both meet the needs of staff and the operational running of the school.
School leaders, Business/HR leaders, Governers/Trustees
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Communicating the benefits of flexible working to stakeholders working within a SEND school environment
This session aims to explain how flexible working can be communicated to all stakeholders within a SEND school environment. There are two guest speakers from Nexus Multi-Academy Trust's senior leadership team, providing insights into the role of the Trust in facilitating flexible working and exploring the importance of communication with employees and parents.

This session will be particularly useful for leaders in special schools and multi-academy trusts, however anyone with an interest in this area is welcome to attend.
School leaders, Business/HR leaders, Governors/Trustees in an SE
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Applying for leadership roles as a job-share
Flexible working takes many forms including job-sharing. Flexibility is one of the advantages of job-sharing. However, other key advantages include improved judgment, a broader skill-set, more capacity and a more sustainable role. This webinar looks at how to find a job-share partner, obtain a job-share role and make this role work for yourself, the school and all stakeholders.

This webinar will be of particular interest to teachers and senior leaders who aspire to a job-share role including headship. It will also be useful for governors and school leaders who are looking to recruit and retain strong teachers and leaders.
Teachers, School Leaders, Governors
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Flexible Working from ECT to Retirement
This webinar focuses on how flexible working can support school staff from the start to the end of their career. As well as illustrating how staff in all roles (at all ages and stages) can benefit from flexible working, we will also explore how schools and trusts benefit from supporting them. During the session case studies will be used to provide examples of the different support available. We will also discuss the importance of developing a culture where it is always okay to talk about flexible working.
Teachers, School leaders, Business/HR leaders, Governors/Trustee
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Supporting resources

Thought piece - Balancing acts: navigating flexible work, religious days and cultural sensitivity in schools.
18/07/24
In this blog, we’ll delve into Nazia Aslam’s experiences of navigating flexible working to accommodate her religious practices and the importance of promoting cultural understanding across different backgrounds. 
Case study - Trusts leading the way: promoting loyalty and well-bring through flexibility
17/07/24
Case study - As a Senior School Improvement Lead at the Athelstan Trust, Michelle embodies the spirit of flexibility. Her team, composed entirely of part-time professionals, has embraced flexible working arrangements, and the results have been nothing short of remarkable.
Case study - Leading by example: Danielle's success with work-life balance
17/07/24
Case study - As an Assistant Principal at Harris Primary Academy Shortland's, Danielle England exemplifies the power of flexible working arrangements.
Case study - Debbie's flexible retirement approach
17/07/24
Case study - Debbie has used flexible working to enjoy a phased retirement.
Case study - A model of flexible work-life integration
17/07/24
Case study - Ben Newark has integrated flexible working into his work-life to commit time to his family responsibilities.
Flexible working from ECT to retirement (recording)
17/07/24
Flexible working from ECT to retirement webinar recording 10th July 2024 This webinar focuses on how flexible working can support school staff from the start to the end of their career. As well as illustrating how staff in all roles (at all ages and stages) can benefit from flexible working, we will also explore how schools and trusts benefit from supporting them. During the session case studies will be used to provide examples of the different support available. We will also discuss the importance of developing a culture where it is always okay to talk about flexible working.
Flexible working self-assessment tool
09/07/24
This tool will support leaders to assess their current flexible working arrangements and provide ideas for next steps to further develop their practice. It shows steps to take for those starting out on their journey and more advanced steps to help leaders embed a culture of flexible working. All of these things are important in helping a school work towards a strong flexible working culture. This tool is voluntary and can be used internally to develop your flexible working practices.
Applying for leadership roles as a job-share webinar recording
16/05/24
Applying for leadership roles as a job-share webinar recording on 16/05/2024 Flexible working takes many forms including job-sharing. Flexibility is one of the advantages of job-sharing. However, other key advantages include improved judgment, a broader skill-set, more capacity and a more sustainable role. This webinar looks at how to find a job-share partner, obtain a job-share role and make this role work for yourself, the school and all stakeholders. This webinar will be of particular interest to teachers and senior leaders who aspire to a job-share role including headship. It will also be useful for governors and school leaders who are looking to recruit and retain strong teachers and leaders.
Thought piece - A consideration of the Timelines inherent in flexible working requests
28/03/24
A consideration of the Timelines inherent in flexible working requests by John Faulconbridge
Thought piece - Preparing for changes to the flexible working legislation (Podcast)
26/03/24
In this podcast, Michelle Gabriel (Head of HR in Capita’s People Partnering team) and Jenny Arrowsmith (Employment Partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell) delve into the upcoming changes to flexible working legislation set to take effect from 6th April 2024. Employers and employees alike need to be aware of these changes and understand their implications.
Thought piece - Flexible working: let’s jump through the looking glass
21/03/24
In 2019, more than a quarter of senior leaders said that flexible working requests had been declined in their schools and in the DfE's Working Lives of Teachers Survey, a minority of teachers and leaders (33%) agreed that flexible working was compatible with a career in teaching. Warren Carratt; CEO of Nexus Multi Academy Trust examines how flexible working in schools can meet the needs and expectations of pupils, parents, and school staff.
Flexible working in our school (DfE blog)
28/02/24
Emily Crow, deputy director at London South Teaching School Hub, shares Charles Dickens’ approach to flexible working and her experience of the benefits it has brought to the school community.
Flexible working legislation changes from 6 April 2024
12/02/24
From 6 April 2024, employees will be able to request flexible working from their first day in a new job. From 6 April 2024, employers will need to make a decision within 2 months of getting the request. From 6 April 2024, employees will be able to make 2 applications for flexible working in any 12-month period.
Thought piece - Flexible Working Podcast
28/11/23
Flexible Working Programme podcast

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