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Teacher Maternity Pay - Monthly Pay After Tax

These are the 2020 - 2021 Burgundy Book Teacher Maternity Policy rates:

  • 4 Weeks Full Pay

  • 2 Weeks 90% of Full Pay

  • 12 Weeks Half Pay Plus Statutory Maternity Pay (£151.20)

  • 21 Weeks Statutory Maternity Pay (£151.20)

  • 13 Weeks unpaid

Important Tip 1: If there are school holidays towards the end of your maternity leave, remember you can return to work during school holidays. You will then be back on full pay during the school holidays, rather than on maternity pay.

Important Tip 2: Look closely at options for Shared Parental Leave. For example after taking some maternity leave, when the summer holidays start you could be "at work" and fully paid throughout the holidays whilst your partner is also on parental leave during the summer holiday. Then switch back to you being on parental leave when term time starts again. 

So you can both have the summer off at home with your new baby, you get paid full time... (and your partner get maternity pay if they are eligible!)

Important Tip 3: By mutual agreement with your employer you can take up to 10 "Keep In Touch" days. The rate of pay for these is to be agreed with your employer, but is typically your normal rate of pay.

Always consult your HR representative and your contract.

To qualify for Teachers' maternity in full you typically need to:

  • Be employed by LEA maintained school or work in a school that follows the Burgundy Book (check your contract)

  • Your average weekly earnings between the 16th and 24th week of pregnancy have been at least equal to the Lower Earnings Limit (£120 per week before tax)

  • Have 41 weeks continuous service before the expected week of childbirth

  • Notify your employer in writing that you intend to take maternity leave before the 15th week before your expected week of childbirth

  • Give your employer your MATB1 form from your midwife or GP