Hi all, I am currently 17.5 weeks pregnant and in September I am working full time at a local primary school until I need to go on maternity leave. (it's a short term contract). The school is aware that I am pregnant and generally supportive. However when I talked to the deputy the other day he mentioned that he would still expect me to do playground duty. All the other teachers who I have met whilst teaching, who were pregnant, were taken off playground duty as soon as the school found out they were pregnant. I have to admit that I'm quite uneasy about doing playground duty. As I'm a member of the NUT union I have read their guidlines (Maternity Matters document) and the advice is quite vague: All pregnant workers are protected by the legal duty which requires employers to assess and address the specific risks they face because of their condition. Pregnant teachers are, therefore, entitled to expect that, where necessary, schools take action to reduce the risk of unintended playground collisions or of assault by pupils who are known to have disruptive and violent tendencies. This might, for example, involve excusing pregnant teachers from playground supervision duties and making sure that violent pupils are removed from their classes. What can you advise me please? Can I refuse to do playground duty if I don't feel confident? I will be 24 weeks pregnant in September on starting the job so just about to be in my 3rd trimester. Thank you!