At the MTPT Project, we have a number of key beliefs.
We believe in choice:
- Parents are entitled to make decisions that are right for them and their families without pressure or judgment from external parties.
- Parents should have the confidence to negotiate return-to-work conditions that enable them to be professionally and personally fulfilled after having a child.
We believe in wellbeing:
- The wellbeing of parents and their children is our number one priority.
- “Wellbeing” means different things to different people.
- Schools that foster a family-friendly culture improve the wellbeing for all staff members, regardless of their family status.
We believe in learning:
- What constitutes as “continued personal and professional development” is varied and wide-ranging.
- Professional and personal development can be as beneficial to the child as the parent.
- The time and space to complete self-directed CPD whilst on parental leave can have huge positive ramifications for students when teachers return to the classroom.
We believe in gender equality.
- Currently, becoming a parent impacts mothers and fathers in different ways: some of these personal, some of them professional; some of them positively, some of them negatively.
- Both men and women should enjoy a level playing field and benefit from equality in the workplace and at home.
- By showcasing positive, solutions-focused examples of maternity leave, we hope that more fathers will be encouraged to take their shared parental leave entitlement, and the laws and cultures surrounding this will evolve to empower them to do so.