10th March 2016

A think tank has suggested schools might encourage teachers who leave the profession to stay in touch by treating them as though they were on a career break.

Jonathan Simons, head of education at Policy Exchange, said in an essay that it would probably be prohibitively expensive for schools or the Government to offer teachers paid sabbaticals.

However, he said it may be possible, as a more formal version of the ‘keep in touch days’, for schools increasingly to employ people on the shared understanding that they may teach for a while, leave for a while, and then come back into the profession.

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