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Can i apply for permanent jobs while doing a maternity cover?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Zebbiethecat, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Zebbiethecat

    Zebbiethecat New commenter

    Hi there,

    I decided to take on a maternity cover in a school that I've always fancied working at.

    Hopefully something more permanent may arise from this position but I'm just wondering if a desirable permanent post in another school comes along before the end of this mat cover post would it be okay to apply?

    Any advice on how this might this viewed by the school I'm at and any schools I apply for a permanent post in? Would I need to explain that I'm leaving a maternity cover post to a new school?

    This is my third temporary contract now and although I'm getting some great experience in a range of schools I'd really like a permanent position.

  2. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Perfectly fine to apply. I imagine a school would expect you to. They will know the situation. You have to look after yourself.

    If you are asking whether or not you could break the contract early in order to take a permanent job before the end of the maternity contract, then it totally depends on the nature of your contract and the notice period in place.
  3. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    You can always apply for a new job - whether you will be able to leave the maternity cover post early is entirely another matter - but at least with a mat cover contract you will know when you will be available and won't need to worry about giving notice etc.
  4. stmha

    stmha Established commenter

    Of course and I think your school, although disappointed, would welcome you pursuing your career. It may even prompt them to offer you something in order to keep you (assuming there is something to offer).

    The above contributions are spot on, leaving a contract early is a different problem but if you are applying for jobs I would assume they have a clear start date which may allow you to dovetail.

    good luck
  5. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Apply :)
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  6. Zebbiethecat

    Zebbiethecat New commenter

    Thanks everyone. I have an interview on Thursday :)
    ilovesooty likes this.
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Well done for the interview! @Zebbiethecat .

    Before you go to be interviewed, do check your contract for the notice period.

    It is likely that the school can give you only one month's notice before the return of the teacher from maternity leave. If they are fair-minded, your contract would say that you, too, can give them just one month's notice.

    So if the job is to begin on Monday 29 November, you could hand in your notice and be fine.

    Sometimes a school says that it can give you one month's notice, yet expects you to give them the normal half term's notice ending at the end of term. (It's not quite that, but near enough.
    Leaving dates and resignation dates ). This could be seen as an unfair contract, since you have fewer rights than them. Consult your union if so.

    Best wishes

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  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  9. Zebbiethecat

    Zebbiethecat New commenter

    Many thanks Theo. It's a primary school position, moving from teaching art in mainly secondary with some experience of primary and as a parent of two little ones. Can you suggest any material that would be helpful to read to prepare me for interview at this level? Obviously I have gone through National curriculum for art and design at KS 1 and 2. I will also go through all the information the school have to offer. They haven't had a specialist art teacher at this school before so a new role for them.

    Many thanks.
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I'm sorry, I'm not aware of anything you can get this fast! If you get the job, there are some super books on Amazon.

    You might try asking people on the Primary forum for their suggestions.

    Best wishes - let us know how you get on.

  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    P.S. I nearly missed your last post - you need to tag me @TheoGriff to "call" me next time!

  12. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Good luck - sounds like a good position.

    The very nature of maternity contracts is that many are open ended - returnees only need to give 21 days notice of their intention to return to work, even if they initially told the school they would be taking the full maternity leave.

    You may well have been given a fixed term contract with a month's notice period, you must check the contract you were given.
  13. lizreaduK

    lizreaduK New commenter

    I have never posted on here so not sure if I'm doing it correctly. I wonder if anyone can help me.
    A young colleague of mine is on a one year fixed term teaching contract. Is she duty bound to stay at the school until the contract expires , or can she apply for other jobs during this time and leave before the end of the contract if she is successful in finding another job?
  14. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    As long as she gives the proper notice, she can leave earlier.

    It's not a prison sentence!

    P.S. Next time, best to start a new thread instead of tagging on the end of another one.

    On the forum page, click on the blue box that says Start a new Thread

    Best wishes

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2015
  15. lizreaduK

    lizreaduK New commenter

    Many thanks, Theo.

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