Case of the week

A primary school head has won the right to return to work part-time following maternity leave.

The case could open the floodgates to similar claims from women who held positions of authority before leaving for maternity leave.

A tribunal found that school governors at Langtree Primary School in Torrington Devon breached sex discrimination laws by refusing headteacher Rebekah Marshall's request for a job share.

The governors turned down her request because according to its Ofsted report, the school had 'serious weaknesses'

and they believed it needed a full-time head.