The finances of our school are in a mess due to falling numbers, site maintenance issues and the general squeeze on school finances caused by austerity politics. So as I am one of those expensive UPS3 teachers, I had a chance to take voluntary redundancy and have just been accepted. This fills me with dread and elation at the same time, but I am ready to move on. My question is can I now accept a job offer to start elsewhere in September? My current employer is the Local Authority/maintained sector. I'd be looking at part-time work, and there may be opportunities coming up in local academies or free schools. I understand that under some circumstances there has to be a four week break in service (so I can't be re-employed by the same LA for a September start), but does this apply to free schools or Academies? Any advice/links to information would be much appreciated.