I've taken a one-year part-time post at an independent school. Although the post had been advertised as 70%, in the interview suddenly it was being described as a 65% post when money was being discussed and they offered what seemed a pretty low figure given my experience (7 years!). I was lucky enough to get offered the job and managed to negotiate up a bit to something that was less than my ideal but seemed tolerable. Over the summer I was posted the staff handbook, however. In there it says how part time percentages are calculated (my post definitely is 70% by their own rules!) and it also has the school's salary scale which is way more generous than I'd realised - and I seem to be on about £6k less than I should be (given the scale point I was on at my last school). Also my salary figure doesn't seem to correspond to any particular point on the scale, it seems to be just a random amount! Is there anything I can realistically do about this at this stage other than just learn a bitter lesson for future reference? Do schools have to follow their own published rules about calculating part-time percentages and follow their own published scales or am I just being hopelessly naive? Any help much appreciated!