Due to being unable to secure a teaching job last september (and supply being sporadic), i took on work as a foundation phase assistant. This wasnt ideal, as i took a large pay cut (half my teacher salary (as my local LEA just brought in that support staff only get paid term time only) I've done the job for a year, and havent been fully happy as it's been a rather stressful working relationship with the class teacher (who doesnt have great working relationships with most school staff) anyway they have offered me a permanent contract now, still on the same salary. Which for now i accepted. However i have now found out i am expecting (very early days only 5 weeks), and am waiting to hear about another job i applied for (a school i did supply in) which is offering a one year contract initially with the prospect of it becoming permanent. With my pregnancy i am due around feb, so would have to leave end of jan. I would much prefer to be teaching and love the school where this teaching job is. In the 6 months from sept-feb i would earn double what i would as an assistant each month, but then would have no job upon my return after maternity leave. Not sure if i would be entitled to MA? However if i stayed as an assistant i would be on minimal wages, get some maternity (not sure how much) and would have a job to go back to after a year. I'm not sure what my entitlements would be with smp/ma, and has anyone been in this situation? Any advice would be appreciated! I just dont know what to do!!