Well, you might think it’s one of those fanciful optional extras but it’s better than having to consider redundancy, that’s for sure. And it remains a mystery to me why so many schools fail to take even a medium term view of their workforce needs, let alone a long term one.
ASCL has recently drawn attention to the Governments announcement earlier this academic year that any rise in funding is sure to be wiped out – and more – by increases in staff salaries, employer pension contributions and rises in national insurance. So, in addition to projecting your pupil numbers, simple things like knowing your turnnover rates, the profile of your workforce by age and gender (do all vacancies and maternity leave always have to be covered by external appointments?), a careful use of fixed term contracts and refreshing second subject expertise might help avoid the trauma of compulsory job losses in future.