Articles

The work, aims and values of The MTPT Project are firmly based on available research pertinent to the issues that affect our community.  In almost every case, the findings of the reports, articles and blogs below, are backed up by anecdotal evidence from our MaternityTeachers, PaternityTeachers and school leaders across the country.  Use our Twitter account, Facebook page or contact us to share your stories.

Where we are finding gaps in current research, we are exploring ways to commission and complete our own research, starting with our brief survey on the percentage of the teacher workforce on maternity or paternity leave at any one time – data that is not currently collected by the Schools Workforce Census.  If you are interested in supporting us through your own academic study, please contact us to explain how you think your Undergraduate, Masters, PhD or other research links to The MTPT Project’s work.

Below is a collection of links, ranging from personal blogs to news articles to full blown academic research reports.  We hope you enjoy reading them as part of your parental leave CPD, academic study, or simply to improve your understanding of the issues associated with parent teachers.  If you think there are any articles or reports that are worth adding to this page, please get in touch with a link.

Teacher Retention

The Importance of Teachers: a collection of essays on teacher recruitment and retention

A very detailed report from the Policy Exchange on the causes of the teacher retention crisis, including the link between teacher shortages and maternity leave.

Student Achievement and Teacher Turnover: What is the Link?

Short report from the University of Bristol focusing on the negative impact of high teacher turnover on student outcomes based on a study completed in New York City.

How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement

The long form of the above report, summarised by Bristol University investigating the impact of teacher turnover on student outcomes in New York City (2012).

Supply teacher spend exceeds £800m

BBC article on the costs associated with employing supply teachers to cover staff absence and vacancies in different regions.

Government career break returner scheme launched 

BBC article outlining plans for training and job placements intended to support returners to civil servant industries, including teaching.

Highest teacher leaving rate in a decade

A 2016 Schools Week article summarising the findings regarding teacher retention in the Schools Workforce Census.

Schools Workforce Census, 2016

The full 2016 Schools Workforce Census detailing the make up of the education workforce across the UK, including numbers entering, leaving and returning to the profession.

Engaging Teachers: NFER Analysis of Teacher Retention

A National Foundation for Educational Research article exploring the links between teacher engagement and teacher retention.

Ofsted judging schools negatively for teacher shortages

A SchoolsWeek article reporting on links between poor Ofsted gradings, teacher retention, low levels of recruitment and excessive use of supply teachers.

Teacher Turnover, Wastage and Destinations

A 2002 report from The University of Liverpool exploring the reasons for teachers leaving the profession, or leaving their current schools.  Lots of handy tables for data comparisons!

Flexible working could help solve teacher shortage, think tank argues

A BBC article on the link between part time contracts for teaching mothers and the teacher retention crisis.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A 2015 NFER report on teachers leaving and returning to the profession, and their reasons for doing so.

Managing Your Maternity Leave

“10 best practices for managing maternity leave for line managers”.  A really helpful document for middle and senior leaders from CIPR and The Talent Keepers regarding practical and cultural ways to manage parents on leave, and increase the chance of their return to work.

Almost a third of teachers quit state sector within five years of qualifying

A 2016 Guardian article summarising the headline statistics regarding teacher retention and recruitment from the Schools Workforce Census.

Teacher Retention and Turnover Research Research Update 3
Is the Grass Greener Beyond Teaching

2017 NFER report on the destination of teachers leaving the profession.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Education Committee report on reasons behind the teacher recruitment and retention crisis and suggestions to tackle it.

Improving the impact of teachers on pupil achievement in the UK

A 2011 Sutton Trust report exploring the impact of classroom teaching on student outcomes.  This report is essential to The MTPT Project’s hypothesis that making the effort to retain and recruit quality parent teachers is beneficial for student outcomes.

Why great leadership is the key to teacher retention

Blog from James Toop, CEO of The Future Leaders Trust and Teaching Leaders on the link between leadership and teacher retention rates.

Teachers Returning to the Profession

A National College report on barriers to returners to teaching and how schools can support them to help increase recruitment.

School spending on re-advertising jobs soars

Schools Week article on the costs associated with recruitment for teaching posts.

The Effects of Chronic Teacher Turnover on School Climate and Organization

A summary of two US based studies exploring the impact of high teacher turnover on schools and the indirect impact of this disruption on student outcomes.

Wellbeing

Pupil Attainment Linked to Teachers’ Wellbeing

A SecEd article summarising the findings of Healthy Teachers, Higher Marks including an interview with Dr. Zofia Bajorek and Dame Carol Black.

Middlesborough Mum

A blog from the National Literacy Trust about the positive impact of early literacy on parent-child relationships, with a specific focus on parent wellbeing and premature babies.

Healthy Teachers, Higher Marks?

A very thorough literature review focusing on the link between teacher wellbeing and student outcomes.

The Yellow Wallpaper

Audiobook of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic 19th century short story, exploring the connection between intellectual activity, (assumed) post-natal depression and the Victorian gender roles.

Generation X School Leaders as Agents of Care: Leader and Teacher Perspectives from Toronto, New York City and London

Research from the Global City Leaders Project exploring the imapct of Generation X Headteachers and their focus on caring and wellbeing as a whole school leadership strategy.

PERMA: A Model for Institutional Leadership and Cultural Change

An article from the Association of American Medical Colleges making the link between applying Martin Seligman’s PERMA model to avoid absences, burnout and staff retention issues related poor wellbeing and mental health.

Assessing Employee Wellbeing in Schools Using a Multifaceted Approach: Associations with Physical Health, Life Satisfaction, and Professional Thriving

A small-scale Australian study using the PERMA model to focus on positive wellbeing amongst teachers, and beginning to touch on its implications for staffing.

Leadership

Where are all the female headteachers?

Guardian article exploring the lack of proportional representation amongst educational leaders.

Schools Must Not Miss Out on Women Leaders

SchoolsWeek article from Carol Jones on the impact of the ‘motherhood penalty’ on women in leadership positions in education.

A woman can lead our nation, but not a schools?

TES opinion piece from Teach First’s Ndidi Okezie on the disparity between the number of female teaching staff and the number of female leaders in schools.

A woman can lead our nation, but not a schools?

TES opinion piece from Teach First’s Ndidi Okezie on the disparity between the number of female teaching staff and the number of female leaders in schools.

Parental Leave for Chief Executives in the Not-For-Profit Sector

A 2017 report collated by Society Search and Leaders Plus offering top tips for supporting and retaining charity sector CEOs who decide to start families.

Female Heads ‘under-represented in secondary schools’

A BBC article on the future of headship in UK schools, drawing on research from the University of Nottingham.

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave: Nuts and Bolts and Top Tips

Practical advice from #SPLash – an advice sharing network set up by Maternity Action, YESSLaw, Working Families and Cloisters.

Stop congratulating stay-at-home dads for doing their job as parents

Opinion piece by Jessica Valenti in the Guardian on society’s attitudes to stay-at-home fathers.

A lighthearted video with a serious message from MTV Catfish’s host, Nev Schulman and partner, Laura Perlongo.

Grandpas are the new gender equity warriors

Article from Better Life Lab about grandfather’s roles in supporting their daughters return to work by providing childcare, featuring on Slate.com.  USA and global focus.

Is maternity and paternity leave up for debate?  How to negotiate more time with baby.

Cafe Quill article advising on parental leave rights and ensuring you get your proper entitlements during parental leave.

Only 5 per cent of new fathers opt for shared parental leave

CIPD article summarising statistics related to shared parental leave and the reasons for relatively low uptake in the first year that it has been offered.

Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Information and examples from the UK government regarding shared parental leave entitlements.

Tiny proportion of men are option for shared parental leave

Guardian article summarising the complexities of the uptake of shared parental leave in its first year of availability.

Why doesn’t society take stay-at-home dads seriously?

Article in the Telegraph commenting on the social status of stay-at-home fathers.

A detailed report from the University of Oslo on the benefits of paternity leave.

Focus on Working Parents

The full CIPD report on maternity, paternity and shared parental leave policies at different organisations.

Is paid leave available to mothers and fathers of infants?

Amazing infographic from the World Policy Center comparing parental leave allowances across the world.

Why I Took Paternity Leave – And More Dads Should

Opinion piece from Jon M. Philipson in Motto on the benefits of taking paternity leave.

How to entice men to take shared parental leave

An article from business publisher, HR Grapevine.

Shared parental leave: the impact on relationships

An article from Working Mums summarising the research of Dr. Katherine Twamley at the University of London, researching the impact of shared parental leave.

Family Friendly Working Conditions

Flexible Teacher Retention and Turnover Research

A 2017 report from the NFER exploring patterns behind teacher retention and turnover, including factors linked to part time and flexible working.

Flexible Working: The Experiences of Teachers

A 2016 report from NASWUT exploring the current attitudes to flexible working in schools, and the consequences of such attitudes.

Fathers ‘afraid to ask for flexible working’

A BBC article on research from the Women and Equality Committee into cultural attitudes to requests for flexible working from fathers.

Shifting Identities: A mixed-methods study of teachers who are also parents

The 2016 doctorate thesis of Dr. Emma Kell (@thosethatcan) which ‘explores the influence of parenthood on teacher identity; the challenges involved in combining the roles of teacher and parent, and the benefits of being a teacher-parent’.

Babies at Work: will onsite childcare become standard in offices?

Guardian article reporting on the introduction of onsite childcare by big private firms such as Goldman Sachs and gNappies.

Flexible Working Policy

Example of a school Flexible Working Policy from Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Richmond.  Did you know that it has been a legal requirement for schools to have a flexible working policy since 2014?

Flexible Working and Work Life Balance

Detailed guidance from ACAS regarding ways to implement flexible and part time working in your organisation, including the potential benefits and challenges of different arrangements.

It’s time to change your strategy on hiring women

Article from Strategy Business about working conditions that attract more women back into the workplace after becoming parents.

What is the difference between Part-time and Jobshare?

Blog from Sara Horsfall, founder and CEO of Ginibee, an organisation that supports businesses in finding jobshare solutions.

Flexible working in schools

Official government guidance and case studies on how to make flexible working an option for you and your school.

Flexible Working and Schools

Balanced advice from Employment Law Firm Spearing Waite regarding flexible working arrangements.  Covers both instances where employers can refuse flexible working requests, and how they can adopt a ‘let’s see if we can’ attitude.

Swedish MEP takes her baby to work in European Parliament chamber

Independent article about the need for child-friendly workplaces.

Flexible working: provision and uptake

A CIPD report focusing on the private sector, exploring the uptake, advantages and disadvantages of flexible working arrangements.

How do we keep women after maternity leave?

A CIPD article interviewing the training and policies provided by big private sector organisations, including Citi and Accor Services, to support their working parents.

Advertise all jobs with flexible working to tackle pay gap

A Guardian article on the recommendations of the Equality and Human Rights Commision’s recommendation to provide flexible working arrangements for all employees, and improved paternity leave packages to reduce the gender, ethnicity and disability pay gap.

The Pay Gap

Unequal pay: the life cycle of a woman’s earning power

A Guardian article on the 12 milestones in a woman’s life that result in the gender pay gap.

The 23% Robbery

Key facts on the global gender pay gap from UN Women.

Department for Education Reports Gender Pay Gap

The 2017 DfE findings on the gender pay gap in education and governmental initiatives designed to support its continued reduction.

The Gender Pay Gap

Full 2016 IFS report on the gender pay gap available for download.

The Motherhood Pay Penalty

2016 report from the Trades Union Council and the Institute for Public Policy Research regarding the ‘motherhood penalty’ across all sectors.

Tackling the Motherhood Penalty

Blog from the Fawcett Society about strategies to tackle the ‘motherhood penalty’ across all sectors.

The Gender Pay Gap is Largely Because of Motherhood

New York Times article about the differing impact of parenthood on pay and career progression.  USA focus.

Power Maternity Leave

How a mum on maternity leave started a coding school for mums!

Article from The Talented Ladies Club on June Angelides, founder of Mums in Technology.

Is the Power Maternity Leave Trend Good or Bad for Women?

Forbes article exploring the pros and cons of the ‘power maternity leave’.

Power Maternity Leave

Stylist Magazine showcases the stories of four mothers who started their own businesses whilst on maternity leave.

The Power Maternity Leave – Good or Bad?

Career Addicts article on the advantages and disadvantages of the ‘power maternity leave’.

Power Maternity Leave

Stylist Magazine showcases the stories of four mothers who started their own businesses whilst on maternity leave.

Conquer the cello, learn to speak Spanish, set up a start-up: have a power maternity leave

The Evening Standards shares the stories of three entrepreneurs who started their businesses whilst on maternity leave.

Returning to Work

Working mothers benefit daughters

A brief BBC article on the benefits of mothers returning to work after maternity leave.

Blogger Aby ditches her ‘Mummy Guilt’ when she decides to return to work.

Unburdened Return from Parental Leave

Tips from HR company, Sumtotal about how employers and employees can ensure a comfortable transition back to work after parental leave.

Tips and Advice for Parental Leave

Career Lessons: what I learned from my maternity leave

Tips on maximising on time and energy whilst on parental leave from networking organisation, Every Woman.

Maternity Action: KIT Days

Advice on requesting and using KIT days from Maternity Action.

Power maternity leave: Is this really how you should be spending your year ‘off’?

Advice on navigating parental leave from the Telegraph.

KIT Days

Official government guidance on KIT days.

Maternity Discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission

A 2016 report into mothers’ and employers’ experiences of maternity leave.