I am currently on maternity leave and dreading my return to work after Easter. I am dealing with a lot of anxiety following a difficult birth, and I am worried that returning to work will push me over the edge. The school I work in is not a friendly place and I am actively seeking other positions (I have applied for two positions with a September start so I am really hopeful I can get something better lined up for the next academic year). Not going back after Easter or taking more maternity leave isn’t an option for financial reasons. But I know I need to look after myself too. I’m going to give the summer term my best shot but where do I stand if I need to take time off? I know I’d need a doctors note for prolonged illness but would my pay be affected by maternity leave?, would I need to have returned to work for a set time before receiving this sick pay?