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Wondering if you can return part time after maternity leave? Here's the letter!

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by TheoGriff, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Hi, would really appreciate some urgent advice please [​IMG]
    I am currently on maternity leave with my first child and am due to return to my teaching post in Jan 2011 after 9 months off. I have wriiten to my Head to request part time hours and we have a meeting this week. I know he is 'not keen' on job sharing so I have said I would be happy to cover PPA and consider other options too. I have a feeling that he is going to decline my request so if he refuses...
    1) Where do I stand with handing in my resignation due to timing as half term has passed? I believe he has 14 days to write to me to clarify the decision which takes us even closer to the return to work.
    2) If I work within another school in the county, will i be able to pay back my maternity pay that way or do i have to return it to the school?
    Thanks in advance for replies [​IMG]
     
  2. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    1) Officially you are tied in to the end of April now - or Easter if you have another post to go to.
    2) That depends on the policy of your local authority.
     
  3. Thanks for replying, that's what I thought. I wrote my request letter at the beginning of October and they only got back to me last week - after the cut of date!
     
  4. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    And have you got union advice on this?
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Bump up the letter.

    By the way - this is employment law, and applies equally in maintained sector, independent schools and academies,

    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    www.tesweekendworkshop25.eventbrite.com
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  7. If a head has said fine to the part time request, does it automatically make it a permanent change? I very much want it to be, but he has only put the person doing my maternity who will be covering the remainder of the timetable on a one-year contract and is saying there is no rush to sign new contracts. So...now he has agreed, am I legally entitled to continue as a part time member of staff after the next academic year, or can he force me to return full time? And are the rules the same in independent/maintained/academy etc. (whichever school you work in?) Thanks
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    If you make a request as above, then it is a permanent change.
    You no longer have a right to insist on becoming a FT member of staff again (although if you want to, and there is a vacancy, you can apply), and neither does the school have a right to insist that you change back to FT.
    This is employment law, so the same in maintained and independent and academy.
    Your Head may be just covering the fact that he doesn't know what the financial situation is next year, and may not need the extra half person.
    Best wishes
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    www.tesweekendworkshop25.eventbrite.com
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Bumped up as Michelle couldn't find it.
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    The next Job Seminars are all sold out, I'm afraid.
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Biodust - you should consult your union about this, as it is a specialist terms and conditions question.
    Also ask them about the other point:
    This is a rather complex issue, so you want proper legal advice here.
    N.B. Not a good idea to add a new question at the end of a thread. I don't usually come back to threads like this. And others might not either.

    Much better to ask a complete new question <u>by starting a new thread</u>, so that you are more likely to get an answer. It is just by chance that I came here to check something - you might not be so lucky next time.
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________________
    Meet Theo on line on the TES JobSeekers Forum, every week in print in the TES magazine, or in person at one of the TES Careers Advice Service seminars or individual consultations
    I am doing the Moving into SLT seminar on 2nd Feb
    www.tesweekendworkshop161.eventbrite.co.uk
     

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