Thanks for the responses. The more I think about it, the more I feel I'm not suited to the job, even part time. In order to be able to handle it I need a lot of down time and rest, and these are two things you don't get much of during the term. Without this I become exhausted, weary, teary etc. and I'm not much use to anyone like that! I also feel I have to force myself to be/pretend to be a super confident and resilient person to teach, and that's just not me. I like interacting with children and adults but perhaps not as much as is required of the class teacher as I'm quite a quiet, gentle natured and pensive character at heart, not a big full-of-life and full-of-beans type. I thought my quiet, caring nature would be welcomed by schools as a lot of children have difficult home lives and need an understanding teacher, but like I said before maybe I should go into 1-1 work in some capacity as then I wouldn't have to do all the loud croud control super confident and energetic teacher type stuff! If I didn't have to do an NQT year in order to work as a teacher in schools I'd apply straight to EAL/ reading recovery type jobs. But since I can't do those without my NQT year done it looks like I need to look for work outside of schools?