Hello, apologies if this has been asked before but ate a quick search I'm still unclear. If I do not intend to return to work after maternity leave and state this from the outset, taking only statutory pay, am I still employed by the school during my 52 weeks of leave? I may or may not return to any job straight after my leave, but am conscious of the benefits of that extra year for pensions. Also, it would presumably look better on application forms for new jobs (if I decide to try and start work straight after mat leave) to date my employment as 2010 - present rather than them instantly seeing I'm 'unemployed'. Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!