Self help A-Z

What are self-help materials?

NUT Self-help materials are FAQs which address common employment issues affecting teachers and are entirely problem focused. They are not intended as a substitute for telephone or face-to-face advice, but are additional to the support provided by the NUT Adviceline, school/college reps, divisions and regional/Wales offices.

If you require more detailed advice, or are unable to find the answers you are looking for,
contact the NUT Adviceline (Telephone: 0203 006 6266); Email:

Members in Wales should call 029 2049 1818 or email

Policy and legislation may differ between England and Wales. Each self-help document is marked as intended for teachers in England or Wales or both. If a particular issue is covered, but not for either England or Wales, please contact the NUT AdviceLine or the Wales Office, as appropriate.

Maternity Matters

Maternity Matters is the NUT’s guide to teachers’ maternity rights.  It aims to explain, as simply as possible, the various maternity and parental rights available to all teachers, whether full or part time

It is impossible in this guidance to anticipate every potential question about maternity entitlement.  Reading the guidance will, however, answer the majority of the questions you are likely to have.  If any aspect remains unclear, members in England should contact the NUT AdviceLine on 020 3006 6266 or email Members in Wales should contact NUT Cymru on 029 2049 1818 or email

If you are taking maternity or adoption leave, or changing your hours for a different reason, please contact Membership and Subscriptions to update your details as reduced subscriptions may apply.  Call 020 7380 6366 or visit

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