I posted a month or so ago about my work situation. NQT in final term at a new school, to be told that I wouldn't pass my NQT year (despite being on track at my previous school). The situation led to me being put on sick leave due to stress, anxiety and major depression. I had already involved my union at this point. The school agreed to let me have time to think about if I wanted to continue at the school. I've now made the very difficult decision to resign from teaching (my area union rep is confident that we can negotiate an early release as it's in both mine and the school's best interests). I'm already feeling more relaxed, even though I know I have a hard slog ahead of me as I don't have a post to go to. I'm hoping to take a break from teaching and find a short term retail post (I have 7 years retail experience). I would love to go into museum education work, but I know that I need to get more experience in museums (voluntary work seems the only option). Reading recent posts on here makes me believe more and more that this is the right decision for me. It's shocking how many people are buckling under stress and leaving the profession, but I know that I'm better getting out sooner rather than later.