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Does my NQT year count towards continuous employment for SMP?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by Teachy-teach21, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Hi,

    if you could help me or give me advice that would be excellent! I am finishing my NQT year next month and wanted to ask whether our NQT year was counted as continuous employment together with the year after. I want to know if I'm eligible for statutory maternity pay and for that I need to have been working 26 weeks before the 15 week cut off, I will have been working for more than that if our NQT year is taken into account. I have rang and researched and someone from HMRC have said that they will need to get someone to ring me back because they are not sure and ACAS helpline say that it is included and it should be fine, just need a bit of guidance with this please!

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. emilyfordham

    emilyfordham New commenter

    I have replied on your other thread (in the NQT one) but will reply here also:

    If you are working in the same school (and therefore the same LA), and have been for the whole year, then yes it definitely counts. You are employed by the school and therefore it is continuous employment. You could use the governments maternity calculator to check if you wanted some reassurance. I am due October this year and started my NQT year September 2014. I qualify for SMP but not the Burgundy Book (extra teacher's maternity pay). You may qualify for the Burgundy Book depending on when your due date is. Hope that helps!!
  3. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Your NQT year counts as a valid year of employment.

    Even if you weren't eligible for SMP, you would be eligible for MA which is paid at the same rate but applied for slightly differently.
  4. Thank you for the help!! I managed to track down the financial woman at school today an she said mostly the same so I feel a lot better! I'm not pregnant yet but we are going to be trying in a few weeks so just wanted to get my choices sorted out x
  5. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Good news :)

    I do wish schools would provide such information readily accessible so teachers can discreetly read it when planning pregnancy or in early pregnancy?

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