Teacher training providers are urging schools to embrace serious flexible working options in order to attract more people into the profession.

It comes as the Department for Education (DfE) has launched a dedicated website offering resources and support to encourage flexible working in schools.

Seven “flexible working ambassador” MATs or schools have also been appointed to offer support and advice.

A survey from the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) reveals that 89% of ITT providers believe more flexible working opportunities in schools would boost teacher recruitment.

Almost half of the providers said they were considering offering flexible working as part of their own training programmes, while a third said that potential applicants tell them that flexible working is important to them.

However, the providers reported that only half of the schools in their wider ITT partnerships currently offer flexible working for their staff.

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