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I have posted this in the head teacher group but would also be interested in opinions from anyone who has returned from maternity or deals with people on maternity etc
I am currently a hod and due to return soon from my maternity leave. I asked to go in to do some KIT days, I explained I wanted to go in to help acting hod moderate coursework as he has never done this before, I also wanted to support other teacher in my department who is teaching 6th form for the first time. The exam paper she is teaching has only been taught by me so other members of the department are not really in a place to help. I was quite shocked to be told that I could not have any KIT days as the school does not do them due to finances. I had thought they had to be offered and did not realise it is at a head teacher's discretion.
When I return to work I go straight into a full timetable, in fact I have a 5 period day. I am not getting any handover at all with the member of staff who is leaving, her contract is terminated the day before I arrive. I will be taking over exam classes, that have started coursework etc and unless I go in without being paid I will have no information on them. I personally feel this is extremely detrimental to the students and I am feeling very anxious at the sudden leap back to full time work. I have been told I can go in to get any information I need if I want to but I will not be getting paid. I have already gone in for one day that I thought was really important for the students, and i paid for childcare during this day - so effectively I paid to go to work.
I would like to know if this is the norm for when a teacher returns and if therefore I should simply put up and shut up or if you have a differnet system for a member of staff to return to their teaching duties.
Thank you for any response
I work in primary but have been on mat leave twice and took KIT days both times. I was under the impressions they should be offered but I am not 100% sure on this.
Definitely worth contacting your payroll or HR department, as I have found from talking to other teacher friends that headteachers are sometimes economical with what your entitlement is as they want to save money.
Have to say my school wasn't like this but have heard some stories!
KIT days are by mutual agreement, ie both employer and employee can say no to them.
The school has obviously decided it's simpler to say a blanket no. If it's a large school with several maternity leaves going on, granting 10 days to everyone would soon mount up.
Perhaps the way to tackle it is from the other end: perhaps your colleagues could approach management and explain that they have a professional development need. It would obviously be more sense to buy you in for a KIT day than pay for them to go off to another school to get the support there, or on a course. That way it wouldn't be setting a precedent for KIT generally.
I think there's also a case for arguing that, say, a half day for handover if it's at an awkward time of year is not unreasonable. Obviously if someone is returning at the start of September, there's really no need, but on the run-up to public exams it's in the interests of the school's results for there to be good handover.
Nope they do not have to allow KIT days in the same respect that I do not have to do them!
I have asked and acting hod has asked but we have both been told no, that if I want a handover I can but only by going in to work and not getting paid. As i cannot afford the childcare I simply can't do this and in all honesty don't see why I should if he doesn't care about the results, the kids and his staff why should I??
Sorry in advance, this is not intended as an attack on you; neither am I being nasty, but I was thinking about the following -
By going on maternity leave, I understand a teacher can get several months full pay and half pay for the rest of the year. That is a lot of pay for not going into work.
Consider, would going into work for free on a couple of days, to be able to catch up on where the classes are at and to put your mind at rest to know you are fully prepared to go back to a full timetable, really be the end of the world just because the head won't pay?
Yes when it costs me money as I would need to pay a full day's childcare. But definitely worth looking at it from a different perspective so thank you. Also please don't think I am nit picking as I promise I am not but just to clarify - you don't get as much maternity as you think. I am now trying to remember but I think it is 6 weeks full pay, 6 weeks half pay then just SMP.
ilovescience!Sorry in advance, this is not intended as an attack on you; neither am I being nasty, but I was thinking about the following - By going on maternity leave, I understand a teacher can get several months full pay and half pay for the rest of the year. That is a lot of pay for not going into work. Consider, would going into work for free on a couple of days, to be able to catch up on where the classes are at and to put your mind at rest to know you are fully prepared to go back to a full timetable, really be the end of the world just because the head won't pay?
Hahaha what school do you work in???
Several months full pay= 4 weeks
Half pay for the rest of the year= 12 weeks.
Perhaps you should consider checking your facts before posting completely ill informed information. Sorry- this isn't intended as an attack on you; neither am I being nasty, just pointing out the REAL facts rather than a vague understanding ;)
It's in your best interests to be in contact with the person who has been doing your job, isn't it? As the head says there is no money in the budget to pay you to come in (and there probably isn't - school budgets have been slashed), you could consider two means by which it wouldn't cost you:
a) email correspondence with the acting HOD
b) why not invite him/her round to your house at a weekend? You could offer lunch and ask him/her to bring all records, etc, you could have a long chat and make notes about where the different groups are up to, etc.
Just a thought.
Thanks for your caustic remarks about my post DaisysLot and ellbee. I admit that, as I am not a teacher and that I have never taken maternity leave from a job, I did not know the rules on maternity pay. I am now well and truly put in my place over this. My preconception was based on talking to a pregnant teacher who had obviously got it all wrong - it must have been quite a shock when she realised her year off would not be paid as much as she hoped!.
Anyway, I am certainly not 'thick', far from it and as you do not personally know me DasysLot, I find it more than a tad malicious to refer to me as 'thick' quite so readily and in such a sarcastic and hurtful way.
My point holds though, even if maternity pay is only for a few days, they are days that have been paid a wage for without having to work. mmmredwine, the OP understood and said "But definitely worth looking at it from a different perspective so thank you." I understood the fact that she said maternity pay is not as much as I had thought.
Personally, I would want to go into school even if there was no pay just to ensure the handover went smoothly.
ilovescience! they are days that have been paid a wage for without having to work.
I take it you have never had kids then - "Without having to work!"
You can borrow mine for a day if you like - teaching is a doddle compared to childcare!
Oh yes I have, T shirt and all - 3 times over, but never while being paid to do another job! (maternity pay was not an option for me.)
Stay at home mums (or dads or grandparents) being paid to do childcare, now that is a suggestion made to government several times over the years, but for some reason never they never put it into practice!
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