Recently discovered I'm a wee bit pregnant. Ooops.
I've been teaching for eight years but only getting contracts for a few months or a year.
So, as far as I'm aware:
1. The best I can hope for is a few months work at the start of the year as nobody will want to hire me for a TWT and then replace me after Christmas. (A bit of a long shot even still: very likely in this climate I won't get any employment at all).
2. I am not entitled to anything in terms of maternity pay from the department of education as I won't get a TWT contract for reason stated above.
It seems harsh that I'm more than likely condemned to unemployment until Sept 2013 when I feel I've worked my tóin off for the last eight years. Please inform me if I'm mistaken! This is how I understand it and would like some confirmation (or even better, correction!) please.
p.s Although unplanned, I would have been trying to get pregnant anyway if it weren't for my career situation. It doesn't look like that was going to change anytime soon so I'm not exactly devastated about being preggers It's the thought of moving my husband and myself in with my folks and living the life of one of the "pregnant at sixteen" people that I find daunting
I'm sure this has to be happening to more teachers these days with temps being in their thirties. If anybody knows anyone who's been through this please please get me some advice! I'm ssssshcared!