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The Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher Project (MTPT)

Inspiring, empowering and connecting teachers choosing to complete continued professional development whilst on parental leave.

We believe that parents are entitled to make decisions that support their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their families.  Wellbeing means different things for different people: our nationwide network empowers those choosing to maintain a sense of that ‘teacher’ identity during the “break” of parental leave.

We think creatively about the type of activities that have a positive impact on our students and can therefore be considered effective professional learning, and we love exploring the simplicity or problem-solving challenge(!) of enjoying these with babies and toddlers. Our two-module Accreditation formally recognises the ‘tricky to certify’ CPD completed by our community during parental leave. Underpinned by six sessions of coaching from our amazing coaching team, our participants tell us this is one of the most transformational and liberating CPD programmes they have ever completed.

Our community has a significant impact on the culture of schools, influencing organisations to be more equal and more inclusive. The ramifications of our work make teaching not only a family friendly career choice for mothers and fathers, but also improves working conditions for all teachers.

We also collate and complete research pertinent to The MTPT Project community, including: % of teachers on maternity and paternity leave and women aged 30-39 staying in, and leaving teaching.

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