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Teacher maternity pay

(21 Posts)
riskit4abiskit Fri 30-Aug-13 12:47:32

I think in our LA the first day of your mat leave has to be a sunday?

tethersend Thu 29-Aug-13 22:52:46

The holidays count as working days IYSWIM- so you can elect to work up until your due date if you so wish, regardless of when it falls.

From the document I linked to above:

"Salary ceases and maternity pay begins on the day on which absence begins, irrespective of whether it is a school holiday. Once your maternity leave period has commenced, any school holiday periods will be included in your period of maternity leave."

Your leaving date can be any date up to your due date so 1st Jan for you qumquat. Likewise, return date is your choice (so can be first day of a holiday if you want it to be).

qumquat Thu 29-Aug-13 22:43:03

Am I right in thinking that if your due date is in the holidays you have to start maternity leave at the end of term at the latest? My due date is 1st jan but I think I can't make my leaving date any later than 20th dec.

tethersend Thu 29-Aug-13 19:46:11

Ignore the crazy hashtags.

tethersend Thu 29-Aug-13 19:45:17

The minimum entitlement if you are employed under the Burgundy Book is as follows:

Teachers with at least 26 weeks' continuous employment with their current employer and at least 1 year's continuous employment with one or more local authorities.

Teachers who have by the qualifying date completed at least 1 year’s continuous employment with one or more local authorities will benefit from the full entitlements under the Burgundy Book scheme. If they have completed at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment with their current employer, they will also be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay.

Eligible teachers will be entitled to the following benefits.

Ordinary maternity leave of up to 26 weeks which will be paid leave as follows:

• first 4 weeks of absence:​full pay inclusive of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP);
• next 2 weeks:​​90 per cent of a week’s salary inclusive of SMP;
• next 12 weeks:​half pay plus £136.78 SMP (not exceeding full pay);
• next 8 weeks:​​£136.78 SMP.

Additional maternity leave of up to a further 26 weeks, 13 of which will be paid at the SMP rate of £136.78 per week, with the remaining 13 weeks unpaid.

Such teachers can now remain absent for a total period of up to 52 weeks. They will also be entitled to take statutory unpaid parental leave at the end of this period, since they will satisfy the requirement for 1 year’s continuous employment with the current employer.

In addition to this, some LAs have local agreements with teaching unions to pay more than the minimum entitlement.

Info here

Tea1Sugar Thu 29-Aug-13 19:35:37

Thanks for the replies! Dc2 due mid April, I'm going to try and leave at the end of term if I can 4th April but we'll see!

BigBongTheory Thu 29-Aug-13 19:22:22

Remember if you don't go back for any Reason you'll have to pay it all back to just statutory. So it's worth saving some of just in case!

stargirl1701 Thu 29-Aug-13 19:12:27

Scotland 3 months full pay, 6 months SMP, 3 months unpaid, 40 days paid holiday.

I'm in the holiday part at the mo. Yay!

missmapp Thu 29-Aug-13 19:12:11

Yes, school hols are included, but you don't have to start your mat leave when hols start. Ds2 was a sept baby and I was able to
start my mat leave on the 3rd Sept ( first day of new term) , this was actually the day I had ds2!!

Corkle Thu 29-Aug-13 19:10:13

Just trying to figure mine out too... LEA have sent me the breakdown which is as Blackholes explained but I'm trying to work out how much I'll be getting - I'm also on ups1 + tlr2c. I'm sure it's in the burgundy book but can anyone tell me I'm right in assuming school holidays are including in the weeks given?

acjfluff Thu 29-Aug-13 19:02:33

Mine is the same as smerlin's. I assumed it was the same throughout England and Wales. As pp said, check the burgundy book.

Smerlin Thu 29-Aug-13 18:59:49

Mine is 100% for 4 weeks
90% + SMP for 2 weeks
50% + SMP for 12 weeks
SMP for 21 weeks

dexterpat Thu 29-Aug-13 18:58:05

I'm a teacher and the reply above is correct 100% then 90% then 50% - however it does not make a huge dent because of the reduction in tax etc ill be about £120 worse off a month on 50% pay with the reduced payments for pension / student loan / no / paye! If you factor in the extra child benefit of £60 ill be about £60 worse off per month until Xmas ( when I return) I go at 39 weeks ( only back for a fortnight)! I'm ups 1 with a tlr2a if that helps there some great calculators online to help you work it out xxx

formerblonde Thu 29-Aug-13 18:54:54

Wow! Wish I was in teaching if that's what you get! V jealous.

missmapp Thu 29-Aug-13 18:27:10

I was on mat leave a few years ago, but my LEA pay was better than that, 6 wks full pay+smp, then 4 weeks 90%, 12 weeks 50% and up to a yr SMP only.

Didn't realise it wasn't different between LEAs, I spoke to someone at county hall when I was pg and they sent me the bumf

cece Thu 29-Aug-13 18:23:55

Surrey offer a much better deal than that. Talk to your bursar.

BlackholesAndRevelations Thu 29-Aug-13 18:16:10

State schools:
2 weeks 100% pay
4 weeks 90% + SMP
12 weeks 50% + SMP
12 weeks SMP only
Then the rest unpaid.

I think! Pretty sure that's what I've had but it might have changed or I might have forgotten!

noblegiraffe Thu 29-Aug-13 17:53:59

If you're at an academy, check with them as it could be different.

Charingcrossbun Thu 29-Aug-13 17:47:53

If you are at a state school then there is a national policy called the burgundy book. Best to google it. The TES website also has lots of information on this.

Tea1Sugar Thu 29-Aug-13 15:10:50

Is it county/borough specific? Or is there a nationwide maternity pay? If so what?!

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