Committing to a formal qualification whilst on parental leave might feel a bit daunting… or is it the perfect opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream of further study?  Some institutions, like the Open University, might be more flexible than others, but below are a selection of MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers who are taking advantage of their time out of the classroom by completing recognised qualifications and accreditations.

Look out for the Twitter handles of those MaternityTeachers and PaternityTeachers who are happy to give you more information about their experiences.


Jess Carter is a primary school teacher and mother of two. She is using her maternity leave, as well as a part time timetable to complete her MA in Childhood and Youth with the Open University. You can read more about her experiences on our Case Studies page.


Emma Sheppard is a secondary English teacher and is working with her school and MAT to formalise her Lead Practitioner accreditation.  Whilst on maternity leave with her first child, she is gathering evidence of previous LP experience, and attending meetings (with baby!) to better understand the format of the LP qualification.


Ann Donaghy is a secondary Vice Principal at the Nuneaton Academy in Warwickshire.  She has two children and completed Teaching Leaders whilst on maternity leave with her first child.  

Chartered Status

Chartership and Chartered Teacher status is offered by a number of professional associations that promote excellence in the teaching and learning of their subject. Click on the links below to understand more about working towards chartered status, and how an application could fit around your family commitments:

These associations also provide great CPD and networking opportunities separate to their Charterships, so enjoy exploring their sites to see what they could offer you whilst you are away from the classroom.