Hello, I'm hoping someone can give me a bit of advice. I have been on maternity leave since December and I'm due to return in July. I met with the headteacher a couple of weeks ago to discuss returning part time and she gave me a form to fill in. I have not returned the form yet as she said they wouldn't be making any decisions until after half term so I didn't rush (I know I should have done it as soon as possible) She has just rung this morning to say that they will not be able to offer me 3 days but will only offer me 2. I think she was trying to make me put in my request for 2 so she doesn't need to do anything. Anyway - I have a friend/colleague who has also requested to go part time from September for 3 days. She is not on maternity leave. I know this has not been granted officially but the head basically told me that she would be doing 3 days therefore I would have to do 2. I am concerned that I cannot afford to go back 2 days a week and I suppose my question is really - is it fair for her to agree to 3 days for a colleague who has not been off and then refuse mine? Surely I'm being discriminated against as I've been off. Or can she say that as my colleague put her request in first hers was granted? Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks.