I am on maternity leave and I aready know that I don't want to return to my job, I am in fact relocating overseas with my husband in the next couple of months. My 6 months ordinary leave will be up in June, however I could in theory be off until December if I took the full 12 months. My question is, when do I tell my school about my resignation? I imagine it is best for them to know asap, however does this mean I effectively resign from 31st August and lose the SMP from that date? Obviously I know that I will lose the 12 weeks of half pay, and want to minimise my loses. Alternatively should I write a letter saying I want to take the full 12 months and then resign? Or should I say I want to take 9 months (until the end of SMP) and then resign? I am on good terms with my school and want to do what is best for them as well as me. All advice welcome!