Hi everyone, Just looking for advice and mostly others experiences! I am due to go on mat leave a week before half term in October (due late October) - although my school is currently not aware of my plans they just know I'm due late Oct/early Nov. For reference I teach science/chemistry in an 11-18. I've recently found out that they've hired an NQT as my mat leave cover and that they will start in September, 6-7 weeks before I go off. School have said nothing about what I will be doing in this time but it seems odd (to me) that they have hired someone to do my job for that length of time whilst I'm still there to do it (although I suspect my timetable will look nothing like it currently does!). I was talking to the second in science about it and she said I (or the NQT) would probably be put on cover for those 6/7 weeks - is this allowed? I feel like they shouldn't be able to change my job role that drastically. Noone else in my school that I am aware of has been in this situation - they have either gone off later than I plan to and have only been replaced once they have left, or they went on mat leave 1/2 weeks after school started in september and done mostly intervention/coursework catch up in those few weeks. I know I need to speak to my HoD/someone else in the school about this but now is not the best time for a few reasons and I probably will in a few weeks time. Before I do I would love to have some idea of what other schools have done in this situation and what is reasonable/not reasonable. Thanks!