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Let's Talk About Flex: Flipping the flexible working narrative for education

Let's Talk About Flex: Flipping the flexible working narrative for education

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Designed to open up the flexible working conversation in education, this book outlines what can work, what has worked and what could work. This new way of viewing the flexi narrative from an experienced flex-pert encourages all to revisit our views on flexible working.

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The narrative around flexible working needs flipping. After being able to work flexibly for 14 of her 23 years in education across teaching, school leadership and MAT leadership roles, Emma Turner realised that sadly, she's actually in the minority and has just been kinda lucky. Across the education system, although there is a recent groundswell of support for developing more life friendly, innovative and flexi ways of working, there are still a great deal of misconceptions, biases and prejudices about flexible working and flexible workers. Through her 'playlist' of educational floor fillers, Emma explores some of the successful ways in which flexible working can be viewed by both employers and employees for staff at all levels, including senior and school leadership. Designed to open up the flexible working conversation, this book outlines what can work, what has worked and what could work. This new way of viewing the flexi narrative from an experienced flex-pert encourages all to revisit our views on flexible working.

About the Author

Emma grew up in Leicestershire and attended Liverpool John Moores University where she studied Science Education. She has taught in schools across the county and has been a Local Authority Lead teacher. In 2002, she became a consultant for the National Numeracy Strategy, supporting numerous schools. In 2004 she joined The Latimer Primary school where she spent the next 13 years, initially as a classroom teacher, moving on to become assistant head, then deputy head and finally forming one of the UK's first all-female co-headships which ran for eight years, and where Emma wrote and delivered training for staff at all levels across the county, as well as complete induction programmes for NQTs through her work with Affinity Teaching School Alliance.

After 20 years in primary teaching, Emma left to join Discovery Schools Academy Trust where she is currently their Research and CPD lead, devising and writing training for staff at all career stages, but specialising in CPD for early career teachers. She is the founder of 'NewEd - Joyful CPD for early career teachers', a not-for-profit approach to CPD to encourage positivity amongst the profession and help to retain teachers in post.

She is a columnist at the TES, an ambassador for The Gender Equality Collective, and a member of the WomenEd community, regularly presenting at events and writing contributions. Emma is an advocate of balance in leadership and family life and she regularly speaks at events across the country on how part-time leadership and flexible working can be a hugely successful model in organisations. She is also the self titled 'Chaos Coordinator' of her home in Leicestershire where she lives with her infinitely patient husband Tom and their three young children.

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Author Emma Turner
ISBN 9781913622312
No of pages 160
Format Paperback
Publication Date 25 Nov 2020

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