The MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher Project

inspire, empower, connect

Conceived in June 2016 when the original MaternityTeacher was waiting for her baby, The MaternityTeacher PaternityTeacher Project began as an individual exploration into whether maternity leave could be a career opportunity, rather than a career pause.

As The MTPT Project community has grown, our aims have developed and evolved to serve the parents and advocates that support us:

1. We aim to inspire, empower and connect teachers choosing to complete personal and professional development whilst on parental leave.

2. We aim to formally recognise and accredit the ‘un-certifiable’ CPD completed on parental leave so that it is acknowledged and valued by employers. 

3. Through our Maternity and PaternityTeachers and our advocates, we aim to encourage school leaders to create family friendly working environments for their staff.  In the future, we aim to formally recognise schools that make practical and cultural adjustments to ensure that teaching and parenting are compatible.  (Contact us to help us develop this awarding criteria.)

4. We are undertaking primary research to better understand the experiences of parents who are teachers.

There are many reasons why you may or may not want to continue to engage with education, or pursuits linked to education, whilst you are out of the classroom with your new baby but if you do choose to complete self-directed CPD, we hope this site will help you to fit this decision around your families.