Dear James, I really need advice on what the I should do next, I completed pgce last year and have been trying to complete my NQT program. Prior to starting my job my child was diagnosed with a disability. I have had to have time off during the past 18 mths as the school keep extending my NQT term. I understand that to meet the Standards I have to be in school every day. But sometimes this is difficult when we have appointments or she is ill. I have no issue in constantly being extended but I'm never told until the last week of the term. I asked for my training record and nobody had a copy until I was given a piece of paper last week and told they only hadinformation for term 1. I was asked to gather evidence for 5 targets that were a 3 then as all the rest were 1's. I have consistently been told any more time off and I will be failed, I have been sent to occupational health 3 times with the last one asking if I was fit to teach due to my time off with my daughter. All my obs have been fantastic until the last one where I was given no choice of time or class, SMT choose the only difficult class I have and one which has a break in the middle and lots of challenging puils in which I have support except for that lesson. I was speaking to smt today as to when Im supposed to finish my NQT, as my belief was this friday...She then informed me that I had a bad lesson so maybe not. As im constantly warned about time off, so I havent taken time to go to the doctors for myself, as Im worried they may make me take time off and if its over 5 days I was told that I would fail. I have had to take mon off due to hurting my back, I knew that was my 5 days done and I went in today and was sent home and rung at the end of the day. Basically to ask if I will be in tomorrow, I can barely move but feel that I have to go in as they are holding my NQT status over me. Basically I was told because I had been over my 5 days it was over. My mother died at xmas and funeral was in january but I didnt go because it would eat into my days, I also had to be called from work twice due to my daughter been rushed to hosital having an epileptic fit. Also I have taken puils out on 2 tris and told these also were included in my time off. I need clarification on the NQT training program if they are failing me...nobody from education authority has been to see me, all my end of term assesments have said I have passed but I'm given no clarification on how Im suposed to be signed off as the school just extend it as if they are wanting me to fail. There are norecords of my training at the school but there is a record for all other NQT's. Please help as they are making me feel as though I cant be a good teacher because my child has a disability.