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Last reviewed on 19 March 2021
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Download our summary of the rules about maternity pay and leave, and adapt our 2 template letters, one for employees giving notice of maternity leave to their employer and the other for employers confirming maternity pay and leave details to an employee.

Download our summary of maternity pay and leave entitlements

The rules around maternity pay and leave are complicated. To help you, we've created a downloadable document summarising:

  • The timeline of events for maternity leave and pay
  • Entitlements to maternity pay based on length of service

KeyDoc: summary of maternity leave and pay entitlements

Please note: This download is based on the occupational pay scheme in the Burgundy Book (the Conditions of Service for School Teachers in England and Wales). This applies to:

  • Teachers in most maintained schools (excluding a small number of voluntary aided and foundation schools)
  • Many teachers in academies, for example if teachers' employment transferred to an academy at the point of conversion, or if your academy chooses to follow these terms

If in doubt, check your school's contracts and policies.

Teachers need to let their employer know that they want to take

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