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Flexibility and freedom

Published: 15/05/2018

Flexibility and freedom – 1 Year Sabbatical for UK Teachers

How does a year’s paid sabbatical from teaching sound?

Would you like to take time to study or develop your knowledge in a business, outside of the classroom?

You could be able to soon, following the announcement of a £5m pilot sabbatical scheme for UK teachers by education secretary Damian Hinds. In this post, we take a look at the announcement, explaining what’s being proposed, why it’s happening, when it’s being rolled out and what the news means for teachers in London and across the UK.

The Sabbatical Explained – What, Who and When

Under the new plans, UK teachers would be allowed to take between a single term and a full year away from the classroom, fully paid. This might include undertaking study courses or research or working in an industry or organisation allied to their teaching subject.

Teachers will have the freedom to choose the kind of sabbatical they take, as long as they can prove they are spending the time in a way that will benefit their teaching. The opportunity would be available to all teachers in the UK who have at least 10 years of service under their belt.

The pilot scheme was announced in a speech at the National Association of Head Teachers conference to more than 350 school leaders in Liverpool, with further details about the rollout to be announced soon.

Why it’s Happening

All these concessions and incentive schemes are being introduced to try and encourage more people to become teachers and to stay in the profession – with good reason. The education sector is facing a shortfall of 30,000 classroom teachers – with just 80% of the number required joining the profession over the last year.

The overall idea is to ensure that teaching continues to be seen as an attractive and fulfilling career and is designed to reward those who commit to long service with the opportunity to develop their skills and experience further. It also brings the teaching profession more in line with the Further Education sector, where sabbaticals have been seen as an important part of career development for decades.

In addition to the sabbatical scheme, Damian Hinds hinted at a wider package of measures designed to promote flexible working and job sharing, in an effort to boost the appeal of the teaching profession.

Early Career Development Opportunities

In his speech, Damian Hinds also mentioned a range of other proposals designed to support new teachers and create clearer career pathways.

Central to this would be extending the induction period to two years, in an effort to provide additional support and turn schools into ‘attractive 21st-century workplaces’. He also promised to work with the teaching profession to help develop an early career framework – clearly setting out the mentoring, support and training NQTs are entitled to in their early years

More Opportunities – Teach in London with Support from Future Education

Earlier in this post, we mentioned the teacher shortfall of 30,000 – but this isn’t all bad news. It means that for teachers looking for roles in and around London – there are more opportunities than ever before to teach in the capital!

Whether you’re looking for permanent, temporary, fixed-term, part-time or full time teaching roles at Primary, Secondary or SEN schools around London, we’re here to help. Our team of former teachers is here to help you drive your career forward and find the right opportunities – whether you’re looking to build a career, fancy a change of scenery or want a better work-life balance.

For further information, call our team today on 020 8256 0910 or email your CV to Alternatively, check out our latest available roles at

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