FWAS Programme


Delivery of this programme will take place from April 2021 until December 2022 (five terms in total).  There is no cost to your school to be part of this project in receiving the guidance and expert support.

Delivery activity will take place from April 2021 until December 2022. We are looking for 20 schools of different phases to take part in the programme.

The benefits, objectives and commitments required of the project are: 

Benefits Seen from Flexible Working Policies

  • Supports employee work-life balance
  • Raises morale
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Improves staff productivity, diversity and retention
  • Improves student outcomes and experience


Objectives of the project are to

  • Provide practical support to schools in implementing flexible working practices effectively.
  • Promote strategic approaches to flexible working in the region
  • Support participant schools to address challenges relating to the implementation of flexible working
  • Offer more flexible working opportunities
  • Embed a positive culture towards flexible working
  • Raise awareness of different types of flexible working


Aims are to

  • Raise awareness about flexible working practices / opportunities in schools
  • Promote a supportive culture and strategic approach towards flexible working in schools, increasing the number of teachers and leaders feeling confident to request flexible working, and leaders feeling confident in approving it.
  • Decrease the number of teachers citing lack of flexible working as their reason for leaving the profession.
  • Improve the policies, practices and culture around flexible working, by providing peer support for school leaders looking to improve their provision.
  • Provide support networks, advice and guidance for teachers wishing to access flexible working opportunities.
  • Promote and raise awareness of DfE’s approach to flexible working and to increase the use of DfE’s support package by promoting DfE materials