I am hoping there is someone out there with the sort of head that can wrap around the intricacies of TA pay. I thought I almost had it sussed but after 3 mind stretching and boggling telephone conversations with people giving me different answers, I am ready (almost!) to just suck it up and take what comes. But that will be after I have (hopefully) picked a brain or two out there, and then I will crawl away and lick my wounds, and never pop my head above the ramparts again. For some reason I have always thought - quite wrongly, I am now informed, that we are 'paid' during the hols' because a portion of our monthly pay is kept back, for want of a better explanation so that we do get a wage for a period when we are not actually at work (term time only). So I suppose my first question is, am I totally wrong here? And if I am, why and from where does the money to pay us originate from? Now it gets more complicated.... I have just reduced my hours to 12 only, but I imagined (dunderhead that I am) that my July pay would comprise a percentage of the nine months previous 'full-time' pay and the same percentage of the much reduced months. The gist of the telephone calls was that ; a) It depends on your school b )It depends on how your payroll works things out c) It depends where you are in the country. d) You don't get a proportion at all...There will simply be 'pay' at the reduced amount with no percentage of anything because I simply have misunderstood! (One of the people I tried to get info' out of said they were not paid to speak to me because they didn't do my payroll, so they were not empowered to talk! No matter that I just wanted general info'.....but that's another story and a dark corner I do not want to venture into!) Can someone simply put me straight before my brain hangs out of my ears like spaghetti and unravels completely? I am ready to accept that I have dreamed the percentage idea but the differing info' on the phone has made me edgy and quarrelsome. Does someone out there have their finger right on the pulse and able to speak to me in words of one syllable? Many thanks simply for ploughing through it all!