If an employee who is eligible to take shared parental leave works in a school, can he or she take periods of leave during term time and "return to work" during school holidays?

Yes, as long as an employee meets the eligibility requirements and gives his or her employer the correct notice, he or she can choose when to take his or her shared parental leave. This means that an employee who works in a school and who would not be required to attend work during school holidays could take periods of shared parental leave during term time only, leaving more leave available for his or her partner to take. The parents can share up to 50 weeks' shared parental leave between them during the first year after the child's birth or placement for adoption and can take leave at the same time as each other.