Dear Theo I had a term off sick last year and this year I'm part time doing some studying as well as teaching, as I couldn't continue to teach the subject I was doing. I only had a GCSE in it, and it was over 50% of my timetable. I lost many lessons of my specialism and got no lessons in my second subject, as I was needed to teach this third subject, even though I wasn't really qualified. I was miserable, every lesson was torture as the kids realised I didn't really know what I was talking about, and even if they seemed to be understanding, I felt dreadful every lesson and lost all my self-confidence. I asked again and again to be taken off the subject but there was no-one else to fill the gap. Eventually it took its toll and I had to be signed off. I realised I needed to change the situation so I asked to go part time so I could study for a qualification in another subject and go in a different direction. ecause of budget cuts, the school cannot offer me full-time next year, and it would also be good for me to have a fresh start elsewhere. So I have been applying for jobs but as soon as an application form has mentioned sick leave, I have left it. Now I cannot afford not to apply because there isn’t much time left – but will they just reject me as soon as they see my sick leave? Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.