Teaching jobs may be safer than some in the current economic climate, but many in the profession have decided that the wisest course of action is to hunker down and try to stay out of the line of fire. Concerns about work – is it fulfilling, is it meaningful? – can seem frivolous.
So the idea of asking to leave your job for a month, let alone six or more, to take up a voluntary posting could seem ludicrous. But the sabbatical is not dead. Most schools still allow them – although this depends on the local authority – and being guaranteed a job after three or six months away from school can offer much-needed flexibility for stressed teachers. Go to the article.