Have posted this elsewhere but this forum has been of help in the past, so thought i would try again. My daughter lives 200 miles away and needed care for the PD Day and first day at a new school at the beginning of this term. A family member let me down on New Year's Day so I had to step in and travel to look after her. I arrived back 3 days later. On the 2nd January I emailed my HOD. Dep Head and Head with cover work for the two teaching days, one of which was an extremely light day. On my return to school on the Friday I had a letter detailing that as I had not given sufficient notice re my absence that the leave would be classed as Unauthorised and unpaid. Although unhappy about the unauthorised bit I am aware that Carer's leave payment is at the discretion of the employer so I had to accept this - all previous carers leave for illness ect had been paid leave. When I got paid I was shocked at how much money had been deducted. I queried the amount and was told that it was based on 3, 7 hour days at an hourly rate based on a 35 week working year. I therefore was deducted over 500 pounds for 3 days off. This equated to 20% of my gross salary for the month. I am on M6. Is there a formula that dictates how a teachers daily rate is calculated? I can understand the 35 week calculation for the hourly rate if they are paying additional money, but this seems to me to assume we are not paid for any of our holiday, so seems unfair that is should be used to calculate whole days pay. If it is correct I shall just have to swallow it but at the moment I am really angry and upset that I was not told at the time. I am working notice and due to leave at Easter to go and join my daughter but at the moment I don't feel like being here at all, convinced that my Head is just being awkward as he is miffed I am moving on. Any system that costs me almost 1/4 of a months pay for 3 days in an emergency stinks! Sorry said i was angry and hurt but I really would appreciate some advice on whether this is normal practise just seems ludicrous to me.