With teacher burnout on the rise and an accountability system that is leaving teachers exhausted, flexible working hours could be the answer. Teacher unions are calling on governing bodies to allow flexible working hours to improve the work-life balance of teachers, the assumption being that this will improve the quality of teaching. 1,800 teachers were asked if they would be interested in working flexible hours, of which 40% said yes. If 40% of our teachers cut their working week by one day, the government would need to employ 40,000 more teachers to cover the shortfall.
Although teachers are granted large chunks of holiday, the routine of having them at the same time every year can be stifling. In extreme cases holidays can cost up to £3,000 more, for a family of four, when booking in peak season. This makes it harder for teachers to truly kick back in their free time.