improved cover for 2024!


Trends show that maternity absences are rising year on year and although the announcement of an impending birth is always something to celebrate, it can often be a worry for employers and employees alike as it is known to have a significant impact on already stretched school budgets.

At Teacher Absence, when a maternity occurs, we aim to take care of both the school and the employees.

Taking on board client feedback, we have IMPROVED our 2024 maternity cover to ensure it alleviates the financial strain on the schools budget, but also supports and nurtures your member of staff through what can be an exciting yet demanding time.

From the 1st April 2024, even if the member of staff does not return to work after their maternity leave, your school will still receive a claim payment.


The percentage of all days taken absent within schools, academies and colleges due to maternity.


The average length of a maternity absence in schools is 305 days, 84% of a calendar year.

flexible support.

Unlike other providers, we understand that your school knows best when it comes to budgets therefore instead of fixing the value, we allow you the flexibility to choose a sum of up to £5,000 to cover the cost of your staff members leave.

On top of this, and included at no extra charge, maternity specific health and wellbeing support and assistance is available for your staff through our selected provider, Smart Clinic.

We have worked closely with Smart Clinic to develop a suite of maternity related products that are continually evolving in order to provide support to your staff both during, and after, the birth of their child.

For more information, please contact our team by calling us on 0800 862 0656 or email us at


If you choose to include maternity cover in your policy, you will benefit from ...

you're covered

A maternity policy will provide your school with the peace of mind that should a member of staff become pregnant, you’re covered.

health & wellbeing

Access a range of maternity related & wellbeing services, designed to support your staff both during, and after, the birth of their child.

claim value

We offer a flexible level of maternity cover, allowing you to choose any sum of your choice up to £5,000 per full-time teacher.

Fast claim payment

We have an inhouse claims department so our average payment time is only five working days. Plus, all claims payments are made by BACS!

non-return dependent

We appreciate that some staff do not return to work after their leave, even if your member of staff chooses not to, you will still receive a payment.

Online client area

Submit, track and manage your claims with ease. Our client area has an SSL encryption to keep all your school's information safe and secure.

Getting a quote is

Our new quote process is quick and easy to complete, allowing you to get a price for your insurance in a matter of seconds.

deficit calculator.

One of the most common questions we’re asked by schools is what lump sum benefit they need to select to cover the cost of maternity absences. To assist with this, we have developed a Maternity Deficit Calculator.

This simple tool helps provide an indication of the shortfall that a school may experience when a member of staff takes maternity leave.

All you need to do is click on the download button, enter the member of staff’s annual salary and your total deficit will be automatically calculated. This will provide an indication of the amount of lump sum benefit your school will require.