School have asked when I plan to go back after my maternity leave - effectively after the summer half term but can I give the return date as the beginning of half term? Does it have to be a weekday or could it be the Sunday at the start of half term (we have Saturday school) even though I would not normally work on a Sunday. I started my maternity leave on a Sunday (thought you had to although have since realised that this is no longer the case) so it makes sense to end on a Sunday as well - aside from the fact that I would like to be paid for as many days as possible! All the websites I have looked at seem to be rather unclear.
I know someone who went back the week before summer holidays. I think she thought the following week really would be taking the piss. Tbh it might piss people off if you come back at beginning of half term. Have you remembered to include your accrued annual leave?
I'm a teacher, and I'm going to go back the week before a holiday. To be honest people think you are taking the piss if you choose the beginning of a holiday. You are entitiled to but it doesn't look good.
I went back on the first day of summer half term (a staurday), worked 7 weeks then had the summer hols! and as for it being frowned upon?... my head suggested it and who else would know or care? Us teachers work hard enough so why not work the system in our favour when we can?
Thanks for all the responses - am still a bit undecided as I don't want to annoy the school and I think they might try to stop paying my maternity cover from the day I return (he is lovely and will be writing reports over half term). On the other hand I will have stacks of preparation to do over half term so it would be quite nice to be paid for it!