Taxpayers are spending more than necessary on training new teachers because \”out-of-date\” heads avoid hiring mothers who want to return to work while still having time to care for their families, it was claimed.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