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Making plans for the future

Discussion in 'Part-time and job share' started by sjns, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. sjns

    sjns New commenter

    Hello all, first post here

    I have been a primary teacher for 5 years and my husband has recently become a high school teacher

    we have just got married and bought a house so naturally we are now thinking about starting a family and are at the very early stages of the adoption process

    As we are both full time, I currently cannot imagine us having the time to look after children with things as they are.

    Our plan is for me to go to 0.6 after a few months adoption leave but I am very nervous about asking my school for this. I’ve picked up on vibes from my head teacher that she is not fond of part timers.
    Any advice on this?

    I am aware that those two extra days will not be true days off as there will always be prep to do but I am hoping that this will ease things up significantly. Am I naive for thinking this?

    Also, I know that there are compromises everyone has to have but I’m finding the prospect of my salary (and pension!!) being reduced when switching to 0.6 scary too. I know that I can’t be a full time teacher as I struggle to find time for my husband as it is! But I wondered if 0.6 teaching + some work from home part time kinda stuff would be the way to go but I’m not sure what opportunities there would be for this?

    sorry for the long post and lots of questions. Any help sorting my life out would be much appreciated!!
  2. sjns

    sjns New commenter

    Another question: would you advise me to discuss going part time with my head teacher now at the start of the adoption process or wait until the adoption leave has begun?
  3. Abitofeverything

    Abitofeverything Occasional commenter

    I think a lots of heads are resistant to allow people to go part-time but they are required by law to give your request full consideration. Do some research into reasons heads say no to these requests and try to negate them in your request. Outline the benefits you bring the school and will continue to bring. It really is a very common request - to be honest, once people have kids it is very difficult in the early years for both parents to stay working full time.
    In answer to your second post, I would have thought somewhere between your two suggestions - now seems too early, but once you've begun leave is quite late. As a mum who had a biological child, I had this discussion once I was pregnant and had discussed when my maternity leave would start. Headteachers have to plan part-time staffing carefully, and giving them time to think about how they would do this can only help your cause. Good luck!
  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Bear in mind the school-year cycle when thinking about timing - its better to ask in April than in July, as the head can take it into account when working out staffing and allocating classes. Even if you wouldn't be back until later in the year, they might allocate you a part-time role, and get part-time cover for our leave rather than full-time. But that doesn't mean you can't ask at other times.

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