How to handle flexible working requests
Find out how to confidently respond to any flexible working requests you receive. Download our request form to give to your staff, and learn what to do when you receive a request, and the reasonable grounds for refusal.
What it is and who can request it
Flexible working may involve:
- Job sharing
- Working from home
- Working part-time
- Compressed hours
- Annualised hours
- Staggered hours
- Phased retirement
This is set out in the DfE's guidance on flexible working in schools.
Flexible working can benefit your school by helping you to:
- Retain experienced staff
- Recruit from a broader pool of teachers
- Improve your staff's wellbeing and work-life balance
All employers have the right to make a statutory request for flexible working, as long as they've worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks. This includes part-time workers. However, it does not cover agency workers unless they're returning from parental leave.
Staff who don't meet the requirements for a statutory request can make a non-statutory request, as this isn't subject to