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NQT, pregnancy and thinking ahead........

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by eng12, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Hi all,

    Not sure if this is in the right place.......

    Hope we are all enjoying being back after summer.

    I qualified this year as an Eng teacher and was lucky to secure a perm job offer.

    Although I have only just started my NQT year I am trying to think ahead as much as possible.

    Have been with my partner for several years now and he is ready to start a family as am I. We're currently renting and hoping to get a mortgage by next summer as we're already saving for deposit.

    My question is this- if I were to start ttc next Christmas (2016) when I have finished my NQT year and worked for 1 year and 1 term, would I receive full maternity pay? Is getting pregnant so soon into your career frowned upon? I am just worried about being judged for getting pregnant so soon into contract, although I would have worked for 2 full years by the time I am planning to be full term.

    Is it better to leave a contract and work supply through this situation?

    Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Yes, you'd get full maternity pay, assuming you stay put in the job. No, you won't be shunned for having a baby two years into a contract. Or even one year in.
  3. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    And it may take some time to get pregnant anyway!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Most certainly not, don't even think about it!

    No guaranteed work, no benefits . . .

    Best wishes


    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, where she answers jobseeking and careers queries regularly each week.
  5. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    I thinkk that getting your NQT year out of the way before starting maternity leave is probably a good thing for you. Otherwise, don't worry about it - schools are quite used to coping with teachers having babies, and it makes little difference to them if you have been in the job for 1 year or 10 years. Good luck!

    BTW, take TheoGriff's advice.
  6. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Your family should come first. You don't want to be one of those women who keeps putting it off one more year because of career politics and then, once they are ready, find the biological clock has chimed midnight in their mid 30s. Some would say IVF but this is biologically getting into casino territory.

    S*d what other people (might) think!
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    It happens a lot, more so in primary (I think, only because there are proportionately more women than men). But do get your NQT induction over and done with first, you'd be surprised how many women find themselves exhausted in the first few months of pregnancy, let alone crippled with 'all-day sickness'.

    As a head, sometimes you do find yourself saying "Oh, b ugger!" when a teacher announces they're pregnant - usually if they're in a hard-to-find subject like maths - but it happens so often and is so much part of the job that the feeling only lasts about a second and isn't personal!

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