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Flexible Working Ambassador School


Maura Regan, OBE DL – Chief Executive Officer Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust

Welcome to our Flexible Working Ambassador School webpage.  Carmel College is delighted to have been chosen by the DfE to support schools and teachers in  the North of England to benefit from more flexible approaches to staffing, particularly in terms of teacher retention and staff wellbeing.  Carmel College is a member of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, a Trust of 30 schools, soon to become a Trust of 35 schools in May 2022, across primary and secondary in the north east of England.

As a member of the DfE’s Recruitment & Retention Strategy Group I believe that flexible working is an option for all staff, when traditionally those afforded flexible working were people who have young families or elderly parents for whom they care.  I am passionate about creating a culture where all staff have the confidence to make a request, in the knowledge that it will be considered carefully and with a ‘can do’ approach

Carmel College is an outstanding school and one where children flourish in a safe and supportive environment.  We have a team of outstanding staff who consistently encourage their students to be the best they can be and ensure that children leave with more than just outstanding examination results.  We aim to provide a community that is characterised by joyous corridors and purposeful classrooms, where students and staff are valued and respected as unique individuals and where all are able to grow and strive to “act justly love tenderly and walk humbly…” (Micah 6) in pursuit of the common good.

Melanie Kane – Acting Principal, Carmel College

Carmel College has a strong reputation for excellence and providing a wide variety of opportunities within and beyond the classroom. We do this to develop the skills and experiences necessary for our students to become positive contributors to an all-round outstanding community.  Our strong performance academically and our positive reputation regionally are features that we are not complacent about, but work hard to maintain.

We seek to bring out the best in all our students.  Maintaining low staff turnover and high staff morale and wellbeing is integral to high outcomes for students.  Our Flexible working policy and supportive ethos have helped to recruit, retain and motivate teachers, playing a central role in enabling us to deploy staff effectively and efficiently. 20% of current teaching staff have made a flexible request and a further 5% were recruited through a process which encouraged applicants wishing to work part time.

Throughout this project we aim to:-

  • Increase the number of flexible working opportunities in schools
  • Promote a supportive culture and strategic approach towards flexible working in schools
  • Raise awareness about flexible working practices and increase the number of teachers and leaders feeling confident to request flexible working, and leaders feeling confident in approving it
  • Decrease the number of teachers citing lack of flexible working as their reason for leaving the profession