The MTPT Project is a community organisation, entirely run by volunteers, and we need you! Taking on a role to support the project can be hugely beneficial to your own CPD journey, providing you with the opportunity to develop your EdTech, leadership, networking, research and coaching skills, as well as broadening your understanding of topics such as effective CPD, teacher retention and gender equality.
We have a variety of opportunities for different skillsets, interests and time commitments and would love to hear from you. The easiest way to join our team is to register with us, ticking the ‘Yes please!’ box in the final field.
Social Media Secretary
Become the official MaternityTeacher (@maternityCPD) or PaternityTeacher by managing our Twitter account, Facebook page and expanding our impact to other social media platforms. Ideally, this role will be undertaken by a MaternityTeacher or PaternityTeacher willing to share their own CPD journeys through pictures and stories, as well as updating the MTPT community on relevant research, events or opportunities.
We would love this role to be passed on every 3-12 months to a new MaternityTeacher or PaternityTeacher to help inspire our community by providing a variety of relatable, fun and engaged ‘faces’ to the project.
Commitment: 10-60 minutes per day; regular communication with the MTPT team; flexible locations – tweet from a laptop at home or a smart phone when you’re out and about!
Childcare: a very easy role to work around your new baby either at home or whilst on adventures!
CPD Opportunity: improve your understanding of social media and associated EdTech and networks; explore a wide range of CPD opportunities, research bodies, and teaching and learning communities; network within and outside of the MTPT community.
Blogging is a fantastic way to reflect on CPD experiences and consolidate subject-specific, leadership, policy or pedagogical research. We currently have three semi-regular bloggers at The MTPT Project and always welcome new contributers to our site – either Current Maternity or PaternityTeacher blogging about their CPD experiences, or Advocates of the project submitting guest blogs on MTPT issues such as childcare at CPD events, flexible working or using parental leave to impact education through other sectors.
Commitment: varies – blog as a one-off about an issue that is important to you, or reside as our in-house blogger for the duration of your parental leave.
Childcare: a very easy role to work around your new baby either at home or whilst on adventures!
CPD Opportunity: reflect and consolidate your CPD; research areas of interest to you; interview relevant parties; improve your understanding of social media and associated EdTech and networks; have a motivation to undertake CPD experiences.
When we began The MTPT Project, there was almost no primary research on areas that specifically pertain to the work of The MTPT Project – or very little that was readily available. As we have developed as an organisation, we have begun to join the dots between female teachers, parental leave, maternity return rates in education, part time and flexible working, teacher retention, the gender pay gap, women in educational leadership and the “motherhood penalty”. We have summed this all up in our blue infographic and have collated relevant reports on our Articles page.
Our current surveys, exploring the reasons that women aged 30-39 make up the highest proportion of teachers leaving the classroom every year after retirees can be found here.
As we have explored this area, we have built a community of both MA and EdDoc students, and Think Tank contacts researching related topics and have a good exchange of information and data passing between us. If you are also undertaking research in this area, please consider yourself affiliated to The MTPT Project and let us know how we can help you. We would love to hear from you.
As we expand, we will also need someone to manage the various aspects of research and academic networking that we do. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please get into contact to be The MTPT Project’s Research Lead.
Commitment: flexibility within a 9-12 month commitment. This would be an ideal role for someone taking the full year of parental leave, considering spending further time away from the classroom, or taking a step back from a full time teaching role as they commit to familly (but would still like to keep their academic/ leadership/ managerial brain ticking!)
Childcare: a very easy role to work around your new baby if research is completed at home. Library and institute policies would dictate the baby-friendliness of any visits as well as how you would like to go about interviewing participants of qualitative studies.
CPD Opportunity: significant opportunity to complete academic study in the field of social sciences, human resources, recruitment and retention, gender equality or education.
We are also very interested in hearing from universities or organisations who would be interested in funding MTPT-related research or who could provide a PhD supervisor to members of our community interested in undertaking a Doctorate to develop the project further.
The MTPT Project supports is community through a two module Accreditation, underpinned by three free coaching sessions per module. We are able to offer this for free by asking trainee coaches who need to build up their coaching hours in order to complete their qualifications to join our team. If you are a trainee or qualified coach willing to commit to at least a year’s relationship with one or more Maternity/ PaternityTeachers then we would love you to join Emma, Charlotte and Alice as part of our coaching team.
Commitment: 3-6 sessions for each MaternityTeacher or PaternityTeacher you agree to coach over a period of 6-12 months. Timings of these sessions are agreed by you and your coachee, and take place on the telephone, so can fit around your families’ schedules.
Childcare: an easy role to work around a baby that has a regular schedule so that telephone coaching can be timed around naps/ bedtimes.
CPD Opportunity: develop your coaching skills, fulfil your hours’ allocation for your qualification, and understanding of different educational contexts, roles and environments as well as the needs of a variety of teachers; complete sufficient coaching hours to fulfil the expectations of your coaching accreditation.
One of the most valuable support systems that we can offer the MTPT community is a network of likeminded individuals to chat with, bounce ideas off and be empowered by – sort of like a teaching NCT! Having a coffee, forum or networking event to attend can motivate MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers to start, continue or finish their CPD, to share their questions and achievements with a supportive and welcoming crowd.
We currently have Regional Representatives in London, the South West, the West Midlands and the East of England who host coffee mornings, share regional baby-friendly CPD ideas, speak at TeachMeets and facilitate conference workshops. Our community live across the UK – some even across the world. We would like to motivate and encourage our members by organising meet-ups that are easily accesible to parents and accompanying children, as well as providing regionalised information about MTPT-friendly CPD opportunities.
CPD Opportunity: a great opportunity for informal leadership experience; learn more about the CPD opportunities in your local region; networking and communication skills; events management and logistics; coaching and mentoring.
If you feel strongly about connecting and empowering the MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers in your region, then we would love you to take a lead in reaching out to others with a cup of tea, cheeky pint or a ‘school trip’.
Commitment: arrange a meet up sessions that work for you and your local community. Once a month, once a half term, once a term, or on an ad-hoc basis. Represent The MTPT Project at Teach Meets and events in your region in a capacity that suits you: attending and networking, presenting, facilitating workshops, or taking part in panel events.
Childcare: for events exclusive to current Maternity and PaternityTeacher everyone is in the same boat! Bring your kids with you to meet ups and combine a play date with professional chat. For events run by larger organisations, take on the WomenEd mantra of being 10% braver and requesting that you and other MTPT community members bring children, or that childcare is provided. WomenEd, ResearchEd, Ambition School Leadership and Teach First already offer creches or a baby-friendly atmosphere, thanks to the influence of The MTPT Project.
This website forms the core of The MTPT Project by providing information about flexible CPD and by introducing MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers across the UK (… across the world?) to a network of likeminded and inspiring people. In its simplest form, we hope that teachers visit this website and feel empowered to design their own CPD journey around the individual needs of their families.
We would therefore like the website to be as effective, accesible and welcoming as possible, evolving with the project in order to meet the needs of the community we support.
The website is powered by WordPress but if you’re not familiar with this, or coding, then don’t worry – I managed to learn! Whether you already have these tech skills, or would like to develop them as part of your CPD, we’d love to hear from you.
Commitment: 1-2 hours a week; regular communication with the MTPT team; flexible locations – work from a laptop at home or when you’re out and about!
Childcare: a very easy role to work around your new baby either at home or at a work hub of your choice.
CPD Opportunity: improve your understanding of WordPress and code; explore a wide range of CPD opportunities, research bodies, and teaching and learning communities; network within and outside of the MTPT community.
So much of The MTPT Project’s impact is about raising awareness of choices available to MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers. Parenting, teaching, CPD and ‘work’, and the combination of all four are complex, delicate and sometimes controversial subjects, but the more we start and sustain discussions, and the more we advocate for teachers to have choice about what they choose to do with their parental leave, then the closer we can get to securing working conditions that are empowering and beneficial to our educational community.
Simply by referring interested parties to The MTPT Project website, suggesting MTPT-friendly solutions to SLT or conference facilitators like creches, or live-streaming, or by engaging in the debate from your personal or professional viewpoint, you can help to advocate for teachers and their families.
If you are involved in Teach Meets, CPD conferences or are a member of the media and would like to host a session, make a presentation or publicise The MTPT Project, we can send you information, ideas and resources to help you to do so. Just get in contact with us so we can get you started!
Commitment: none – when an MTPT advocacy idea pops into your head, say it, Tweet it, share it! Alternatively, choose the events or conferences at which you would like to represent us.
Childcare: straightforward advocacy is a very easy role to fit around your childcare options; as a facilitator or presenter, why not ask how the organisers of the event would feel about you presenting with your baby as your beautiful assistant. Not sure? Be inspired by Eva Marie S. Collins and her Baby Bjorn.
CPD Opportunity: engage in a broad debate and improve your understanding of gender equality, working conditions, teacher recruitment and retention, wellbeing, CPD and EdTech; develop your adult facilitation and presentation skills.