Hi everyone, I've recently accepted a new job at a very small independent school. I went to sign my contract today and was told that if I am sick within the first year then it's only ssp..the 2nd year 5 days pay, the 3rd year 10 days pay (that's the maximum) Is anyone else in the same position? Am thinking of getting some kind of illness cover, as this really worries me. I have a mortgage and a young family, so would be devastating if I was ill and only on ssp. I have had 2 weeks off sick in the last 2 years, and I'm generally in very good health, but you never know! Also, I naively thought that I could continue paying in to the teachers pension scheme. The new school has a nest pension. Does anyone have experience with this? How do you 2 pensions compare? Thank you so much in advance of your replies. Feeling quite anxious to be honest and hoping I'm not doing the wrong thing joining this new school .