On Maternity Leave and wondering if you can return part time? Here's how to write the letter to your Head. There is a formal procedure involved in asking to change your part-time hours, and I suggest that you do it, very formally. Here is my standard-answer-that-I-prepared-earlier on requesting p-t as a parent: You have a legal right to make an application (but only once per year), and have it seriously considered, but <u>not </u>a right to have it granted. If the request is turned down, it must be for an <u>appropriate business reason</u>, and they must tell you what the reason is so that you can appeal against it. First stage is to put your request in writing to the Head; the Head then has 28 days to hold a meeting with you to discuss it. NB You can see from the letter that the onus is on YOU to show how it can be managed, YOU have to identify any possible drawbacks for the school and say how they can be overcome. If you just say there are no problems, and then they identify some and turn your request down, you haven't had a chance to show a possible solution. So make sure you think it through carefully, both the problems (normally to do with communication between the two halves) and how to solve them. Here's the sort of letter you should write. Nice and formal - shows you want a formal - and legal - reply! Dear xxx I would like to apply to work a pattern that is different to my normal working pattern under my right provided in law. I confirm that I meet each of the eligibility criteria as follows: * I have responsibility for the upbringing of either a child under 16 or a disabled child under 18. * I am the mother, father, adopter, guardian or foster mother or father of the child, or married to or the partner of the mother, father, adopter, guardian or foster mother or father of the child * I am making this request to help me care for the child * I am making this request no later than two weeks before the child's sixteenth birthday or 18th birthday where disabled * I have worked continuously as an employee of the company for the last 26 weeks * I have not made a request to work flexibly under this right during the past 12 months The proposed new working pattern that I am applying for is ……………………… This will affect you as an employer in that ………………………………………. This impact on you as an employer can be lessened or removed by …………………………… I understand that according to the legislation, you will hold a meeting with me to discuss this within 28 days.