Designated Flexible Working Ambassador School
The Halifax Academy has been designated a Flexible Working Ambassador School by the Department for Education (DfE). One of twelve across the country, the Flexible Working Ambassador Multi-Academy Trusts and Schools (FWAMS) have been appointed by the DfE to support school leaders in implementing and embedding flexible working. The school will share its work in this area by providing advice and guidance to others nationally – through coaching, seminars, and conferences.
Flexible working is believed to offer a range of benefits to the workforce, including the recruitment of new staff and the retention of existing staff, as well as addressing issues of equality and staff wellbeing. The DfE Ambassador Schools aim to increase awareness of the benefits of flexible working and the full range of practices available.
Headteacher Matt Perry said: “We put our children first by developing happy, highly skilled staff. There has never been a more crucial time to rethink the way we work in schools, and we are exceptionally proud of our expertise in this area.
“Working with young people is an undoubted privilege, yet education struggles to recruit the best graduates and retain experienced professionals. Schools need to be radical, creative, and dare to do things differently, and that is what we always strive for here. While I am pleased that our work has been recognised, I am honoured that we have been chosen to support other schools in areas of high deprivation. We look forward to helping those who need it most.”
Mick Kay, Impact CEO, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work at The Halifax Academy – what a tremendous achievement. We are excited to share our work with Trusts and schools across the country. Education must adapt to the post-pandemic landscape. We are a forward-looking trust, where hearts and minds connect, striving for the best for our young people and colleagues.”