Hi I have posted this in Pay and Condtitions but wondered if you guys have any similar experiences and could offer some advice? I am really hoping someone can help me out and would be grateful for any advice. I am currently on Maternity Leave until September and made a Flexible Working Request to return at 0.5. My school seem to be trying to avoid making a formal refusal but have made it clear that they want me back in my previous post on my previous terms, or not at all. I believe an appeal would be unlikely to succeed and would likely unnecessarily sour relations with my school which I am keen to avoid for the sake of references. I am not adding more details here as I don't want to identify myself. My school are currently seeking applications for voluntary redundancies (although they would certainly have to hire someone to replace me as no-one in the school has the appropriate skill-set) - am I entitled to apply for this, rather than to resign? I will not go back on my current terms but I would like, of course, if possible, to avoid having to pay back my extra maternity allowance. Thanks again for any help anyone can offer - I will be contacting my union on Monday but it can take them a while to get back to me and I am bound (as far as my union have already advised) to resign by 31st May.