I only started teaching at a new school in September; however, I could not cope with the children’s challenging behavior, rudeness and school’s poor support. My GP signed me ‘work related stresses ‘note for one month and she thinks looking for a new career will help me recover from the stress. I am not intending to return to that school teaching at all. After discuss with union rep I am thinking maybe a teaching assistant job is better suited to my personality and will enable me to remain in the education system. Question: am I allowed to apply for a TA job when I am off work due to the work stress being a teacher at the current school? Any advice please!!!