I'm in my third year of teaching and although I love being in the classroom, the workload has always been a huge challenge (nothing surprising there!!). In my previous school, this was made even more difficult by terrible, unsupportive management. I looked for a job in a new school hoping that things would be different. I started at my new school in September and the management is fantastic but the workload is still insane, if not even worse than my previous job. I think this paired with the stress of moving to a new school, taking on a new role of responsibility in a new department, has really overwhelmed me. I've not been coping at all, and though I tried to keep everything bottled up and just get through the first half term, this half term has been awful. I've had meltdowns in school and have had to take sick days simply because I was too panicked/upset to go in. I went to the GP yesterday and have been signed off for two weeks for work related anxiety. My head of department has been as supportive as possible but there is only so much she can do. That's the background…my main question is that I decided a few weeks ago that I just can't be a teacher anymore. Moving to a new school has shown me that it wasn't just bad management, it's the job itself. I told myself I would wait it out until the end of the year but I now just don't know if I can wait that long. I don't want to leave at Easter and put the school in a difficult position / abandon my students, but at the same time I don't know if I can cope with this for another seven months. I also don't want to shoot myself in the foot in terms of trying to find a new job. Will it look bad to future employers if I leave this job at Easter, having worked here for less than a year? Would I get a bad reference? Thinking about all of these things, it seems like leaving at Easter isn't an option, but the thought of not being able to escape before then makes me feel even more anxious. Sorry for such a long post…any advice would be really appreciated!