There\’s your problem then

Taxpayers are spending more than necessary on training new teachers because \”out-of-date\” heads avoid hiring mothers who want to return to work while still having time to care for their families, it was claimed.

Stephen Hillier, chief executive of the Training and Development Agency, said some school leaders had told him that part-time and job-share arrangements posed a timetabling problem and that hiring fresh graduates was cheaper.

Part timers and job shares are more expensive than full timers (for all hte usual reasons associated with overheads, training and so on).

Now it may well be that we would like to be offering part time and job shares. It might even be that we should do so.

But want and should don\’t actually mean that they\’re cheaper. The proof of that pudding is in the people who do the sums. And they\’re giving us the other answer, aren\’t they?

4 comments on “There\’s your problem then

  1. “Part timers and job shares are more expensive than full timers (for all hte usual reasons associated with overheads, training and so on).”

    Not necessarily – it’s externalities again.

    Mothers returning to work, part-time, should be cheaper than training someone up because the training costs are already sunk.

    But the headmaster doesn’t have to bear the training cost of the new entrant – that’s paid for directly by the government.

  2. Experienced teachers are more expensive on an hourly basis anyway, as they’re on one of those deals where your pay goes up just for being around longer.

  3. Mothers returning to work, part-time, should be cheaper than training someone up because the training costs are already sunk.

    They’re probably going to need considerable training because of the constant regulatory churn that only working teachers will have kept up with.

    The other probably more honest factor is that, at least in this day and age of entitlement, such employees are likely to be much less reliable than others. There is a large class of women who see their motherhood as being more than anything or anyone else, and they are precisely the middle-class, progressive, airheaded twits that teaching these days attracts and employs. I’d never willingly employ a Mumsnet mum.

  4. Hmmm. Hiring people to teach other people’s children whilst wanting the flexibility to look after their own?

    Has a breakthrough in quantum technology been made that I don’t know about?

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