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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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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 Turner has worked both full and part-time as class teacher, assistant head, deputy head and formed one of the UK’s first all female co-headships which ran for eight years. She currently works part-time for Discovery Schools Academy Trust, where she is Research and CPD lead, and Affinity Teaching School Alliance, where she writes and delivers training, specialising in training for early career teachers. She is the founder of NewEd – Joyful CPD for early career teachers, a columnist for Tes, Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Ambassador for the Gender Equality Collective and is also an active member of the WomenEd community.

Emma is a passionate advocate of balance in leadership and family life; during her 8 years as a co-head, she had three babies in five years and now is a regular speaker at events across the country about how part time leadership and approaches to flexible working can be a hugely successful model in organisations. Emma is the author of Be More Toddler, the co-host of John Catt’s ‘Mind the Gap’ podcast and videocast and also the self-titled ‘Chaos Coordinator’ of her three small children at home in Leicestershire.