Dear James, I am currently a student teacher who has been for in excess of 13 interviews for teaching jobs, nearly always coming second (and actually being told that). Personally I have had a very difficult time recently, I am a carer for elderly relatives one of whom has recently died and another who has mental health issues. I attended the funeral of one of my relatives this week. The funeral affected me really badly and I took a few days out of school to help me deal with the worst of it. I was struggling to cope with everything and really didn't know which way was up and which way was down. During this time I was offered an interview, which I felt that I needed to go to given the large number of unsuccessful interivews I had been to, despite not being over my current difficulties. The interview was for a permenant position at the school. My lesson did not go very well, but I was still taken through to interview. The school seemed nice and the staff in the department were lovely. I was interviewed. They appointed 2 people and I am not sure the specifics of the other persons offer. I was offered the job and told that I would also have to do some teaching at the other school in the federation (this was not mentioned until I was offered at job and had asked about the connection between the schools during the day). I was asked for my answer and I accepted the job. I have been so out of it with everything going on at home that I did not ask any questions about what this actually means for me. I spent the whole interview day at the school that I applied to and the department that I thought I was joining. I did not meet anyone from the other school, not the head of department or the head teacher of that site. I have never even been inside the other school. As I was driving home all of these questions came into my mind- particularly, as an NQT next year who would be responisble for supporting me, which department I would be with and how would it work given the distance between the sites. Given the schools are for most thing very seperate and by their nature very different schools, I became concerned about whether I would get on with the staff at the other school. After the relatively short drive home I was so worried about what I'd agreed to that I was in tears. This really annoyed my friends who are so happy that Ive finally gotten a job, but I am just so worried about whether I made the right decision, particularly at a time when my ability to make decisions has been so compromised by my emtional state. I know that I should have asked these questions at the time, and given time to think about the situation I would have been able to think through the implications but I did not have time. I am also aware that there are serious negative implications if I were to changing my mind. What can I do?