What are our greatest challenges when it comes to teacher retention? We may all be aware of the high rates of attrition that our sector sees within the first 3-5 years of a teacher’s career, but it is further down the line, with our mid-career teachers, where the most damage is being done.
Every year, more than half of our leavers are aged 30-49, and women aged 30-39 make up the largest demographic of leavers every year. When we lose these experienced mid-career professionals, we lose our middle and senior leaders, our pastoral wisdom, in-depth subject knowledge and mentoring potential.
But by the time teachers’ reach their thirties, the influence of their personal lives on their professional lives is so complex and specific to each individual, that it can be difficult to know where to start to support these valuable colleagues to remain in the profession.
What are the commonalities in this demographic, so vulnerable to retention, and how can we as school leaders, help them to stay in the classroom and in leadership positions where they are so needed?
In this webinar, we will discuss the current landscape of the profession, “the motherhood penalty”, and the challenges of teacher retention.
- Provide colleagues with effective support over the pregnancy, maternity and return to work period, with a particular focus on the two years following their return.
- Commit to reducing workload for all staff, to ensure that women aged 30-39 do not have to choose between their careers and families when balancing competing demands on their time.
- Explore flexible working arrangements at all levels – from classroom teaching to leadership – for both men and women, parents and colleagues who are not parents.
Emma Sheppard, Founder, The MTPT Project – Emma trained to teach through Teach First in 2010, and has since worked as an English Teacher and Lead Practitioner at comprehensive, grammar and international schools in Hertfordshire, Ho Chi Minh and South London. She has experience in pastoral and curriculum middle leadership roles, as a mentor, ITT lead, and line manager.
Emma founded The MTPT Project in 2016 when on leave with her son, and from a blog and Twitter handle sharing her own “maternity CPD” adventures, the organisation has grown to be the UK’s charity for parent-teachers. The MTPT Project provides coaching and support to teachers over the parental leave and return to work period, and at moments of transition in parent-teachers’ lives. It is the only organisation to have completed research into the motherhood penalty in education and how this is impacting teacher wellbeing, retention and gender equality in our schools. The MTPT Project works with school leaders to create more “life friendly” workplaces, so that teaching can be a sustainable career choice for teachers when they become parents.
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