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NQT about to start a new job and just found out I'm pregnant

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by becky70, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    Loads of people - if you haven't already done so post this on the Pregnancy forum. Have a read too!
    It's not legal to dismiss on grounds of pregnancy/maternity. They might not renew your contract but they would have to say why and it couldn't be because you're pregnant.
    All the best with the pregnancy and new job.
  2. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    Read the thread on the Pregnancy forum started by Twofishes.. very similar! Congratulations and Good luck!
  3. scienceteacha

    scienceteacha New commenter

    Legally no, although they can not renew your contract for many reasons, its harsh but dont be surprised if the school suddenly advertises your post sometime in the year and appoints a new NQT. Nothing to do with the pregnancy, they are simply going as cheap as they can as you will be a point higher on the scale (if TPAC even exists this time next year with Gove in charge!)
    Tough sh1t.
    Yes, for the duration of your contract you take leave (?)
    Of course not, how dare you get pregnant when contracted to teach. Joking, of course!
  4. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    You may only be entitled to Maternity Allowance as Maternity Pay depends on how long you have been at the school.
    To qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP), you must have 26 weeks' continuous service with your current employer by the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.
    To qualify for occupational maternity pay (OMP), you must be covered by the Burgundy Book and employed for at least one year and 11 weeks with one or more local authorities by the expected week of childbirth. - see http://www.atl.org.uk/help-and-advice/parental-leave/maternity.asp
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    What lovely news!
    Many, many congratulations to you and your husband! You must be so thrilled that all that horrid IVF treatment has finally worked, and you are about to start a family. I am so pleased for you.
    And congratulations too on completing your qualification as a career changer. Two excellent pieces of news.
    Now my first piece of advice is: keep it to yourself. Don't tell the school officially, don't tell anyone unofficially, don't tell a friend at the school. Wait until you've had your 12 week scan at the very earliest; if you can manage to hang on to the exciting news for longer, well and good. This is your private business, and you want them - and you - to be concentrating on your induction and developing your skills, not on this news.
    However, if you are teaching very little ones where you may have to lift a child occasionally who falls over, or doing playground duty with Year 6 running around and liable to bump into you, then you'll need to tell them so that they can do an official Risk Assessment on how to look after you in your condition.
    You don't actually have to tell them until 15 or so weeks before the baby is due, but it is usually evident by then, so most people tell earlier. Don't worry about them being cross - all Heads go on a special course where we learn to say: What wonderful news!, even when we are thinking: halp! Where will I get cover! [​IMG]
    And another thing - don't tell the parents yourself, wait until the school has organised how they are going to manage your absence, and let them tell the parents officially.
    Now go and read all the information here: it will tell you most of what you need to know about the legalities of maternity leave and maternity pay. Everyone else has already reassured you about it being illegal to sack you because you are pregnant, so don't worry about that.
    Something that you may not have thought of, however, is the possible impact on finishing your induction perios: here's a quotation, but it may not be totally up to date, and so I must advise you to check this out with your union.
    You are in a union, aren't you? Join one NOW!
    How is induction affected by maternity leave?
    If an NQT has a break in her induction that includes statutory maternity leave, she can choose whether or not to extend induction by a period equivalent to the statutory maternity leave. Outstanding assessments should not be made until she returns to work and has had the opportunity to decide whether to extend induction. Any extension request must be granted.
    If an NQT chooses not to extend her induction period following a period of statutory maternity leave, her performance will still be assessed against the core standards. Individuals in this situation should seek advice from their headteacher/principal, induction tutor or an appropriate teacher union professional association before making this decision.
    Further information on statutory maternity leave entitlement can be found on the Directgov website.
    See paragraph 3.10 of the Statutory guidance on induction for NQTs in England (PDF, 317KB) (ref: DCSF-00364-2008).
    Congratulations again - and don't go mad in Mothercare and M&S when you get your first paycheque!
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
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