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Maternity pay as a Supply Teacher

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by loobles, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. I have been working as a supply teacher since last April and left my
    last permanent job through choice. I have been getting lots of work
    working for one county council in particular and a number of agencies.
    I have 2 days regular supply in two schools to teach French to all
    classes and this is a fairly permanent arrangement. My husband and I
    want to start trying for a baby but I am concerned that I won't get any
    maternity pay if I continue to work 'flexible hours' as a supply
    teacher. I am wondering what my rights are? Do agencies pay Maternity
    pay? what about if you have worked for a County Council doing general
    supply? I do not really want to just find a 'permanent' job just to get
    maternity pay but obviously am worried about not being able to afford
    to take time off without much pay. Does anyone know who I should talk
    to about this to check? I am considering asking the 2 schools I work at
    each week if I can get a days contract so that it would make my
    employment more secure. any advice would be great xx
  2. PurpleSapphire

    PurpleSapphire New commenter

    According to the NUT site :

    "Supply teachers' conditions of service do
    not specifically provide for paid sick leave or maternity leave.
    There are, however, certain circumstances in which supply teachers
    may be entitled to receive sick pay or paid maternity leave.."

    You would get SMP which is about £112 per week.

    According the NASUWT site:
    "Maternity pay will depend on length of continuous service and conditions of service, for example:
    a) A
    teacher under Burgundy Book (local authority employment) conditions of
    service with one year or more continuous service by 11th week before
    the EWC will receive:
    • four weeks' full pay;
    • two weeks' 90% pay;
    • 12 weeks' half pay plus SMP;
    • 21 weeks' SMP;
    • 13 weeks' unpaid leave.
    b) A
    teacher with 26 weeks but less than one year's continuous service by
    15th week before the EWC will receive only the statutory entitlement:
    • six weeks' 90% pay;
    • 33 weeks' SMP;
    • 13 weeks' unpaid leave.
    c) A teacher with less than 26 weeks' continuous service by 15th week before the EWC will receive:
    • 52 weeks' maternity leave;
    • Statutory
      maternity allowance (SMA) will be payable if the teacher has been in
      employment for at least 26 of the 66 weeks ending with the week before
      her EWC. SMA is £112.75 per week from April 2007. This will have to
      be claimed from the local Jobcentre Plus office."
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It depends how much you get paid, and if you can get contracts for both days - two contracts at 90% of salary could be more than 112. But I can imagine it being rather hard explaining to school A that you only want to be on a contract if school B also give you one!

  4. Hi there, I know you wrote on here over 2 years ago, but I just wanted to get in touch anyway and see how things worked out for you? I'm currently doing long-term supply and finishing my NQT year at the school where I'm doing this. The reason I'm writing is that I'm in a similar position to what you were in that me and my husband are thinking about trying for a baby. However, like you, I'm concerned about maternity pay, whether we can afford to if I just get the standard government allowance. Just wondering how things worked out for you and whether you've got any advice for someone in a similar position? xx

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