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Planning next baby, second consecutive maternity leave

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by donnaelmo, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. donnaelmo

    donnaelmo New commenter

    Hello,

    I’m hoping to get some clarity on how maternity leave works if you get pregnant again during a current maternity leave!

    Do you have to return and work during a certain window of your pregnancy to qualify for SMP the second time round? Do you have to return before and work a certain amount of weeks after the subsequent pregnancy and thus mat leave?
    I know OMP would be paid again as mat leave is continuous service but SMP is different...


    Any advice/ experiences shared would be gratefully received! I have only been at my school a year (found out I was pregnant after 2 months of being there!) but they don’t favour part time teachers / those who have a small family to manage along side teaching (currently FT but been told if I return PT I lose my right to just teach my subject! Left a sour taste, if I’m honest).

    My school have also said my PM numerical target is set at 90% against a class I will not have taught for a year as I’m on mat leave so I’m at the mercy of whoever has taken on my class to ‘achieve’ any pay progression when I return. So stressed out and I really shouldn’t be as I’m away from school right now. It’s so unfair and completely undermines what the whole Performance Management system is supposed to be about. I think so, anyway.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?

    I’m planning a third child very soon due to medical reasons but anxious about how my school will receive the news of another pregnancy so soon (IF of course I am successful and fall pregnant when we try)
    ...I do forever feel like I’m working around schools/ jumping through their hoops rather than focusing on the ‘bigger picture’ and that is family.

    Any advice/ experience of any of the above would be really helpful to hear!

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    "currently FT but been told if I return PT I lose my right to just teach my subject!"
    Actually, it's unlikely you have a "right" to teach just your subject - usually teachers can be directed to teach what the head chooses. It may well be that if you go part-time, it will be harder to timetable you and that teaching another subject may be the compromise, but it may also be just an attempt to put you off the idea!

    https://www.maternityaction.org.uk/advice-2/mums-dads-scenarios/pregnancy-during-maternity-leave/
    looks fairly comprehensive on the issue of two maternity leave in quick succession.

    Performance management - should be based on your work, not anyone else's - so they should set you a target for the period remaining when you return - performance on a particular unit of work, I guess. Don't stress about it while you're off - you can take it up with them on your return. Spend your time now enjoying your children.
     
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  3. caza1313

    caza1313 New commenter

    Hey
    I hope I am not too late in giving any advice but I had 2 consecutive/ back to back pregnancies and maternity leaves. I was still on maternity leave when I had to tell my school I was pregnant again! I was very lucky they are very kind and understanding! Son born Sept 2017 and daughter born in August 2018 - same school year! So I am currently on maternity leave at the mo with full SMP and full contractual pay so basically exactly the same as my first maternity leave. I did return to work only for 20 days FT (4 weeks) at the end of the summer term but I was told I only needed to pop back for a day to claim maternity again! You could ring your HR to double check and reassure yourself? I was given a break down of my next maternity pay schedule and if anything it was better than the previous year because SMP had increased! I say go for it and try for your next baby Let me know if you would like any more advice! Definitely check with your HR if you don't feel comfortable asking someone at school directly.
     

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