A new DfE report has revealed the grim reality of what teachers have to face if they want to reduce their working hours. Part-time working is still an unobtainable aim because many headteachers refuse requests for flexible working despite many teachers claiming that reducing their hours improved their wellbeing: ‘Research published by the Department of Education shows that while more than three-quarters of school leaders have received a request for flexible working from a staff member in the past five years, over a quarter have rejected a request. In a report released by the DfE today – Exploring flexible working practice in schools – data shows that 29 per cent of 1,589 school leaders reported that that flexible working requests had been declined in their schools in the last five years, despite the majority of school leaders receiving these requests.’ The education secretary Damian Hinds believes that teaching should be a family-friendly profession but the report’s findings reveal that this is far from the case. https://www.tes.com/news/over-quarter-headteachers-refuse-part-time-requests What do you think about the report’s findings? Do you think teaching is a family-friendly profession? Should the government do more to prevent headteachers from refusing requests to go part-time?