Hello! I need general advice! So I have been at my school for 3 years doing a non-teaching role. When I first got the role it was based on a one year trial (as it was a brand new role that they created) and they were not sure if it would fit with the schools structure. It was only two days a week, which was perfect for me, as I did other things outside of school. The role was perfect! The students responded really well to the work, and the school were very pleased with how everything was going. I am now in my 4th academic year, and I currently do 5 days a week. This year, I had to wait a few weeks into the new school year to get a contract, and I was devastated that it was a fixed term contact again, which would finish in July 2020. Since I upped my days, the pay is simply not enough (I would be better off doing what I started off with...2 days a week), and I felt really undervalued (even though I kept on getting comments like, "you are brilliant...we do not want to loose you..."etc). I did raise both issues with my line manager, but it seems to have hit a brick wall, and nothing has been done since then. I made up my mind in January that it's time to move on as there is no room for progression (career or pay wise), and I started job hunting in January, so that I could hand in my notice by the end of February. Then during the half-term, I found out that I was 5 weeks pregnant! It was a very big surprise! It's my first pregnancy, so a lot of questions are now swimming in my mind. My worries are the following: Should I put a hold on applying for other posts? (I know I have missed the 28th February cut off point...) Should I tell the head about my pregnancy, and my worries about a non permanent contract and low pay? Should I enquire about another contract for next year so that I can qualify for Maternity Leave and Pay? Any advice, would be very much appreciated!