Job sharing: how to make it work

Whether you're thinking about setting up a shared-working arrangement or trying to get the most out of a current job share, read our top tips about how to make job sharing work in your school.

Last reviewed on 16 January 2023
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  1. Encourage flexible applications in your job adverts
  2. Work out the budget considerations
  3. Plan important details in advance
  4. Be flexible and allow for change
  5. Communicate with your school community
  6. Work out the best way to communicate
  7. Consider mentoring and CPD opportunities
  8. Address any concerns

Our associate expert Emma Turner helped us with this article.

Encourage flexible applications in your job adverts

Let applicants know that you’re open to the possibility of job shares. This can be a simple sentence, such as 'talk to us about flexible working options in this role'.

This will:

  • Open up conversations about job shares from the start of the process
  • Help you attract more candidates
  • Attract a more diverse range of candidates

Include this in job adverts at all levels, from leadership positions to support staff. Even if you’re not specifically planning for a position to be a job share, be open to the possibility and start thinking about how you can make it work best for the specific role.

If your school has Whole School membership from The Key, take a look at our IdeaStream video on how to

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