Oh no! They’re leaving! 3 ways to turn a problem into a great opportunity…

Yes, that time of year is coming when people will hand in their notice.

There might be some people for whom you think it’s a good decision (for them and/or for your school).

But it would be understandable if your heart sank, because recruitment isn’t easy right now.


Here are 3 ways to think about vacancies, so that you can turn a problem into an opportunity:


  • Upgrade the role – 2 teaching assistants cost more than 1 teacher. If you can get a bigger impact with 1 teacher then consider hiring one instead. I’ve seen this happen several times, and not just with teachers and TAs.
  • Re-shape without a restructure – offices are places where this can more easily happen, but I’ve seen it happen elsewhere – most recently in the early years setting. Using the office example:
    • See your office as a blank sheet, map out what needs doing on post-it notes and don’t focus on current roles and names, map out what is needed and why. Then look at who you need to do what, then who is best placed. 
  • Recruit to the role but do it better – as they say a rising tide lifts all ships, and a great win for you is to hire higher quality. This has never been easy to do, but it’s well worth thinking about. Afterall, the better your team, the better your school right? Think about where you’re advertising, and whilst pay is an important part of any job, there’s only so much you can do about it, so what else would attract the best to your school?


So, if you get some resignations that you wish you didn’t, I hope these 3 tips will help you find the hidden opportunity. 


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