The Jigsaw Puzzle. Sue Plant-Head of School, John Taylor Free School & Lucy Rose-Flexible Teacher Talent
|Nov 10||Public episode|| 1|
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Last week we heard how Lisa Farmer, co-headteacher of Thomas Russell Infants School, found her co-head before co-headship was even a thing.
Having felt the pressure between parenthood and being a senior leader, when Sue Plant had the opportunity to become the Head of a brand new school, she was going to make sure her staff didn’t face the same challenges she did.
At John Taylor Free School, Sue tells us how she set out to make her school flexible working-friendly and recruited her whole staff in the first year without spending any money on advertising. All part of her plan to get the culture right and attract the best people.
We also hear from Lucy Rose, co-founder of Flexible Teacher Talent, about the barriers to making your school working patterns more flexible and how to overcome them.
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The research and books that have influenced their careers.
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The recruitment pack and application form Sue used to recruit their team.
The advice Flexible Teacher Talent give to all teachers and school leaders about flexible working.
The statutory guidance and legal rights you should know.
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(From left to right: Lucy Rose (Flexible Teacher Talent), Holly Power (Return To Teach), Lindsay Patience (Flexible Teacher Talent) and Emma Sheppard (Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher Project). I’ll see if I can find out the little ones’ names for next week :)
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