Hi, I have been on maternity leave since May, and recently found out my school is turning into an academy in December. I had planned on taking a full year off, but obviously my employer will have changed by the time I go back. Does anyone know how this will effect my entitlement? Also, they've given us an ultimatum - either sign the contract with the academy or we can find a new job. Now, if I don't sign the new contract, thereby ending my employment with my current school, how would that effect my maternity payments? I.E. would I still have to pay back my payments to the LEA? Sorry if this sounds confusing! I'm pretty confused about it myself... baby brain!!