apologies if this information is available online but I’m struggling to find it. I am now on maternity leave, I work in an independent school so not enhanced, only get statutory (6 weeks on 90% pay, then £145ish per week for 33 weeks I believe, then nothing up to 52 weeks). My understanding is this will be paid monthly, and each month I’ll get either 4 or 5 weeks worth of pay, all fine. My leave happens to fall almost right at the end/start of a tax year, so I imagine I’ll pay normal student loan, tax, NI, pension contributions the first 6 weeks, but after that....I imagine tax and student loan repayments will fall to £0 when I’m on £145 per week, what about NI? And what about pension...looking in the teacher pension website (I pay in to the same scheme as state sector teachers) it looks like employer contributions will continue (at the same rate?) while I’m on mat leave, at least while I’m earning? Do I continue to pay, and if so at what rate? Presumably not the same rate as currently as that would be most of my pay I think...and then what happens if I continue my mat leave after the paid bit? Is that a gap in service and does that matter? Also does anyone know if it’s possible to get a reduced NEU membership? Don’t want to cancel but also £21 per month when I’m not working is quite a lot!