Dear all, I am in desperate need of some advice. I work in SEN and took a promotion last year. Initially all was fine, but it eventually transpired that the post was not what I thought it would be, and I struggled to stay motivated as I felt I was not using my skills and specialism. I didn't talk directly about this to the rest of SLT, although they will probably have worked out I was not entirely happy. This was coupled with some extremely challenging behaviour from one girl in particular with whom I felt I was making little progress and is now facing exclusion. I also have issues in my personal life that are adding to the anxiety. I am currently signed off with a stomach complaint which on reflection may have been caused by anxiety in the first place. whilst I have been off my anxiety has escalated and I now find I am frequently sobbing, having palpations and suffering from panick attacks when I even think about work. I don't feel like I can go back, and am hoping the doctor will sign me off again this afternoon. The problem is I don't even think I could speak to someone from work on the phone as my specific anxiety about my role has become a severe anxiety about anything school related. can I just post my sick note? I have no idea how I'm ever going to set foot in school again. I have decided to submit my notice but again feel so anxious about it I don't feel I can discuss it with anyone at work- however I know it would be really unprofessional just to send a letter, especially as I am on SLT. but what option do I have when just thinking of work makes my chest tighten and my palpitations begin???? I am happy to take a break from teaching but will still need a decent reference to get a job, am I ruining my chances of finding something? what of I want to return to teaching in the future? please help!