Yesterday’s Guardian explained Damien Hinds, Education Secretary, blamed outdated attitudes of SLT, especially men, for blocking flexible working. He also wants to cut back marking and planning, reduce data collection and entry and deal with email overload. He said parents should retrain themselves from emailing teachers. Sounds a bit more sensible to me than previous Education Secretary post holders. I know from my 35 years as a Secondary school teacher how hard it was to be part time. With child care it was easier to be full time since part time just meant gaps in the timetable. I was able to go part time in my 60’s since I lived close to school and could deal with the fragments of days. I contrast it with my daughter working in an office. She has Fridays off and can work from home on one day to make childcare more straightforward. She doesn’t have parents and options evenings to hang around for either. Her salary is much higher than a teacher of the same experience.