I am currently on maternity leave, due to return to work next month. I teach English full time at an academy and since starting there have struggled with balancing the workload with my personal circumstances. My eldest son has autism and is currently being screened for ADHD and since diagnosis it is becoming more apparent that his needs are more complex than we anticipated. I can't take work home to do after school as he is normally all over the place after his own school day and he regularly wakes in the early hours of the morning. And now, there's a second child who will be 8 months when I go back to work. Although I do love teaching, I can't seem to see a viable way of carrying on and doing the job well and continue to give my children what they need. I don't have any help from family members in terms of childcare, so weekends and school holidays I am the primary caregiver which leaves me working late into the night to keep on top of marking and planning. I am actually dreading my return to work! I have always been very honest with the SLT about my son and his condition and did have to have a lot of time off to attend appointments for his statement and diagnosis. These were then used in my attendance review and I had to go to a welfare meeting to discuss why I had been off...we now have a new Headteacher and to be honest, I can't see their limited understanding and flexibility stretching much further. Then there's my own health and wellbeing...I know I have to return for a period of 13 weeks or face paying back some of my maternity pay, but wondered what my approach should be in terms of new employment. Clearly I won't be looking for teaching posts, so the notice period/start dates may not 'fit' with school's term dates - do I tell my Headteacher sooner rather than later that I intend to leave once I have completed my 13 weeks or keep quiet and apply for work and negotiate my leaving date once a job offer is in place? Sorry it's a complex one, but it's a complex situation!