Dear Theo, I am an NQT and was lucky enough to secure a post in an independant school last october. The school is great and I really enjoy working there. However, I was employed on a temporary contract until 7th July 2011. After months of waiting to here what my situation would be for the following september I was finally informed today that they would like to offer me a permanent contract in september (great!). The problem is that the governors are not willing to pay me over the full summer but they have offered one months summer pay in what they call a 'goodwill gesture'. Whilst I am really happy to be offered a permanent contract and as far as I know am not legally obliged to recieve pay over the summer as my contract ends on 7th July - I can't help feeling that I've been a little bit done over. After reflecting on it, it seems quite petty as a month's nqt salary is fairly insignificant for the school, yet has a major impact on me. Surely the cost to the school of recruiting another (potentially more experienced and expensive) teacher would be more than my monthly salary? Am I being taken for granted or should I quit whinging and be grateful for having a job in a great school??