Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave

Having a baby or becoming a parent should be a positive and exciting time. It might also be a time when information and advice is needed and questions may arise.

As part of our committment to supporting you as a member throughout this time, the NASUWT has produced a range of guides to help you understand your rights at work during this time.

Burgundy Book

The Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales (Burgundy Book, link below) sets out national conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales and is an essential reference for all maintained schools, as well as non-maintained schools that choose to incorporate this agreement into their teachers' contracts of employment.

The Burgundy Book's main provisions relate to notice periods, sick leave and pay and maternity leave and pay. It enhances the statutory maternity scheme for teachers who have one year’s continuous service at the beginning of the 11th week before the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC).

These enhanced maternity provisions apply to teachers working in local authority-maintained schools and those who have transferred (under TUPE) to an academy. You should also be eligible if you work in an academy which has a contract specifying the Burgundy Book.