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Maternity, paternity and parental leave and pay

In the 'Resources' section below, you will find the NASUWT guidance on maternity, paternity and parental leave and pay. The advice booklets contain detailed information on the family friendly rights of teachers working in schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Mother and baby    The leaflets incorporate the changes 
    made to statutory parental leave in 
    2013.

    Advice on the legal requirements in 
    assessing risks in relation to new and 
expectant mothers’  job activities is set out in the Health and Safety Executive webpages New and Expectant Mothers at Work.

In addition, the TUC and NHS Health for Work Adviceline have produced guidance for new/expectant mothers at work, which includes a risk assessment form and guidance on hazards and control measures to consider when undertaking a pregnancy risk assessment.


Please note that from 6 April 2014, the weekly rate of payment for statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increased to £138.18. 

On 5 April 2015 the weekly rate of payment for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increased by just 1% to £139.58. 


Shared Parental Leave and Pay

You may be able to get Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) if:

  • your baby is due on or after 5 April 2015; or
  • you adopt a child on or after 5 April 2015.

The advice booklets in the 'Resources' section will be updated shortly to include details of Shared Parental Leave and Pay. In the meantime, details are available on the Gov.uk website Shared Parental Leave and Pay webpage (new window).

If you are in any doubt about your rights or require assistance you should contact your NASUWT Local Secretary or Regional/National Centre.