21st September 2001 at 01:00
My husband died in May this year. I am left with three young daughters. Rotherham education authority refused to change my contract to part-timejob share, saying it would set a dangerous precedent. They suggested I resign and seek a part-time post at another school.

Neither my school nor I want this to happen. I am a dual modern languages teacher, with 22 years' service, a fairly rare breed in South Yorkshire! My only option appears to be to resign, then do part-time supply, covering my own post which will probably be unfilled. The LEA is pleading for experienced staff. Should it not try to retain me?

Gill Fawdrey 473 Herringthorpe Valley Road Rotherham, South Yorkshire

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