My mentor has fulfilled her duties in terms of weekly progress meetings, observations and paperwork. She wrote my first term report, in which she primarily outlined areas for development. I felt that it was slightly unfair but I signed and accepted it, partly out of fear and partly out of accepting that this must be the way it is when you are an NQT. It is now the second week of the Spring term. My mentor had not spoken to me about my progress or communicated any major concerns to me. We had one planning meeting where she looked over the maths plan I wrote for the year group (the first one I had ever done), told me how I could improve it and that was it. However, I was unaware that she had communicated serious concerns to the SLT. I arrived to a meeting with two members of the SLT and my mentor where they spent an hour telling me that they need to see accelerated progress from me over the term in order for me to pass. I felt shocked and overwhelmed as I had not realised there were any serious concerns about me at this stage. When I asked for specifics, they found it difficult to tell me. Some points my mentor made about tackling low level disruption and doing more detailed planning were fair but I felt that these could have been discussed at our next target review. Other points I felt were very unfair and I had to correct her as she was communicating exaggerated and wrong information about me on certain points. She is not part of my year group and some criticisms regarding planning contradict what my year group leader has asked me to do. I feel that as a mentor, she is doing all the official duties, but is failing to provide me with psychological support, in the form of encouragement, positive feedback and trust. I cannot trust her. She has gone behind my back to the SLT so how am I supposed to go to her with any problems I may be having without worrying that the SLT will receive an exaggerated version of these. I live with the fear of unexpected drop ins to my classroom and the criticisms and threats I may receive afterwards. I feel that 90% of her feedback is negative in contrast with observations which have been undertaken by other colleagues where the feedback has been more balanced. I have been threatened numerous times with the possibility of failure which I feel is an unnecessary pressure to put on NQT. This year is challenging and demanding enough as it is, without having a mentor who is keen to trip me up at every hurdle. <font face="Times New Roman"> </font> I survived a tough and demanding PGCE year, undertaking three highly successful placements and received the grade of ‘outstanding’ after achieving this mark on almost all of the QTS standards. I came into the school naively believing that I would be receiving adequate support from a mentor who has my best interests at heart and it is very upsetting for me to discover this is not the case. I know myself that I am working very hard and I am doing a good job. I fully admit that I have areas for development, like any NQT, but I feel that I am being threatened rather than supported in working towards them. I am professional in all areas of my job and I feel that I am not being treated with the same respect. I want this career, I deserve to pass this year and I am going to stay strong and fight my corner. I am grateful for my supportive year group and other kind and caring colleagues who have my best interests at heart that I can go to for advice. Advice from anyone on these forums would be greatly appreciated too? Should I get unions involved at this point?