Dear Theo, I am currently in my first 'proper' year of teaching, after my NQT year. For a variety of different reasons I do not feel like I am coping very well and I am not happy in my position. Therefore, I am considering applying for jobs elsewhere. However, this is my first year at a new school and I worry that having worked in two different schools in two years will discourage most prospective schools from even considering my application. Is this true? In addition my new school is new itself, it is currently in its second year of operation, with Years 7 and 8 only. My department is still very small at the moment, just me and the HOD, although we will be recruiting another member of staff next year. As everything is still in the difficult setting up phase I worry that the school may resent my decision to leave and not give me a very good reference as a result of this, making it difficult to secure a job elsewhere. Is this likely? I feel as though I have to stay at my school for at least one more year, which I am not sure if I can handle, or alternatively face a real struggle to find a new position, which ultimately may not be any more suitable for me. Any advice or information (from anyone) would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my plea and thank you in advance for your help.