I have found out that I am pregant this week and will be due on 3rd October. I am on the 2nd Year of a fixed term contract which is due to expire August 2011. I am hoping that they will keep me on (I've been told that they would have to make me perm after this year as it has been 2 years or will have to terminate the contract.) I expect that I will have to start maternity at the start of the summer hols as there would be no point going back in Sept. If possible, I intend to go back full-time in May. Has anyone come across a situation like this before? If so, was the teacher kept on and did they have maternity leave on full-pay? I have done a bit of research and it states that I should get stat maternity pay because I will be working 13 weeks before I give birth. I have a house and simply cannot afford it living off stat maternity pay. I have read somewhere that they have to provide a valid reason for not renewing my contract and that dismissing me would be deemed as discrimination. Please help!!!