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: nutadviceline@nut.org.uk.

Members in Wales should call 029 2049 1818 or email cymru.wales@nut.org.uk

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 nutadviceline@nut.org.uk Members in Wales should contact NUT Cymru on 029 2049 1818 or email cymru.wales@nut.org.uk.

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 www.teachers.org.uk/update

Sources of Maternity Rights

1.1       Where are my entitlements set out?
1.2       What are my entitlements?
1.3       Is the Burgundy Book scheme part of my contract of employment?
·           teachers working in the local authority sector
·           teachers working outside the local authority sector
1.4       Is there any local agreement improving upon the Burgundy Book?
1.5       What are the requirements for ‘continuous employment’?

Sources of Maternity Rights pdf

Working During your Pregnancy

2.1       Time off for antenatal care
2.2       Employers’ health & safety obligations towards pregnant employees
2.3       Sick leave during your pregnancy
2.4       Rubella and other infectious diseases
2.5       How does my maternity leave affect my appraisal and pay progression?

Working During your Pregnancy pdf

Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay under the Burgundy Book Scheme

3.1       Qualifying for maternity leave and pay under the Burgundy Book
3.2       Requirements for continuous employment
3.3       Maternity leave and maternity pay: your Burgundy Book entitlements
3.4       Beginning your maternity leave
·           notification requirements
·           date of starting maternity leave
3.5       Miscarriage/stillbirth
3.6      Keeping in Touch (KIT) Days
3.7       During your Maternity Leave>
3.8       Returning to work
·           notification requirements
·           requirement to return to work for 13 weeks
·           right to return to the same job
3.9       Resigning your post

Maternity Leave and Maternity Pay under the Burgundy Book Scheme pdf

Statutory Rights: Maternity Leave, Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance

4.1       Maternity leave and maternity pay: your statutory entitlements
4.2       Beginning your maternity leave
·           notification requirements
·           date of starting maternity leave
4.3       Returning to work
·           notification requirements
·           right to return to your job
4.4       Statutory maternity pay
4.5       Maternity allowance
4.6       Keeping in Touch (KIT) Days
4.7       During your Maternity Leave
4.8       Resigning Your Post
4.9       Accrual of Statutory Annual Leave During Maternity Leave

Statutory Rights:  Maternity Leave, Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance pdf

Other Statutory Rights: Parental Leave, Paternity Leave and Pay, Adoption Leave and Pay and Time Off for Family Reasons

5.        Statutory rights to parental leave
5.2      Statutory rights to paternity leave and pay
5.3      Additional paternity leave and additional Statutory Paternity Pay
5.4      Shared parental leave and pay
5.5      Statutory rights to adoption leave and pay
5.6      Statutory rights to unpaid time off for family and domestic reasons
5.7      Surrogacy – Entitlement to paid Maternity leave for women having a baby through surrogacy

Other Statutory Rights:  Parental Leave, Paternity Leave and Pay, Adoption Leave and Pay and Time Off for Family Reasons pdf

Returning to Work

6.1      Right to return to your job
6.2      How does my maternity leave affect my appraisal and pay progression?
6.3      Redundancy/reorganisation
6.4      Unfair dismissal and discrimination because of pregnancy
6.5      Returning to work on a flexible basis - part-time or job sharing
6.6      Employers’ health & safety obligations towards new and nursing mothers

Returning to Work pdf

Pregnancy and Health and Safety

Having Your Baby: Further Information

8.1      National Insurance
8.2      Superannuation and pension rights
8.3      State medical benefits
8.4      Tax-free Childcare
8.5      Childcare Vouchers provided under a salary sacrifice scheme

Having Your Baby: Further Information pdf

Useful Addresses and Glossary

9.1      Useful contact details
9.2      Glossary of terms

Useful Addresses and Glossary pdf

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