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Becoming a parent: Planning out your shared parental leave

The law may have changed, but attitudes may have not. Sam Draper shares his story

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The joy and elation of my wife becoming pregnant was followed by the serious business of the practicalities of how we were going to manage a tiny person in our lives.

At the time, I was head of English at a fantastic school in East London, working the usual 12-hour days. My wife was self-employed.

I had heard about shared parental leave (SPL), but only in a vague “something Clegg did in the coalition” way. But as I’m a fully fledged “trailer” (the term used for teachers who earn less than their partners), we decided to explore the option further (you can find lots of information at bit.ly ...

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