Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Progression for Teachers

Closes 9 Mar 2018

Post-QTS: Sabbaticals

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Work-related sabbaticals are a possible way of maintaining engagement in teaching and building expertise that can be brought back into the school environment. It is also an opportunity to create more fluidity between different areas within the education system, allowing teachers the opportunity to spend a year engaging in academic research, for example. We know that there is some demand from teachers for sabbaticals to be more deeply embedded in the education environment, as part of building the professionalism of teaching. However, we recognise that not all schools feel that they can provide sabbatical opportunities for their staff, for a variety of reasons.

We will explore options for how we can remove some of these barriers for schools, and thus facilitate sabbaticals for some teachers, so long as the sabbatical contributes positively to the education system, either locally or nationally. We are seeking views on the benefits of setting up a sabbatical fund, for which teachers who have been qualified and teaching for at least seven years can apply. They would have to apply with a specific project in mind, and if they are successful the government would pay their salaries for up to a year. The scope of the projects would need to be clearly defined, and would need to demonstrate that they offer value for money, and are worthwhile in terms of experience within the system as well as professional development. We would pilot any proposal to assess the impact of such an approach.

23. Do you think that a fund to pilot sabbaticals would be a positive step for the profession?

24. What would the impact be for teachers and schools of enabling more teachers to take sabbaticals, providing they are related to their teaching practice?