I am currently on maternity leave and am thinking of returning to work in the 2nd half of the summer term. I am hoping to return on a part time basis but my Head has suggested that if I do return on a part time agreement my permanent full time contract will be replaced with a part time flexi hours contract. This basically allows my Headteacher to increase or decrease my hours providing I am given sufficient notice. Obviously this isn't a solution for me due to childcare arrangements and financial considerations. I would like to have some advice as to whether this is accepted practice??? Thanks.