Hi everyone..... I'm looking for some advice. I passed my Secondary science PGCE in 2008. I loved the course and the teaching and was very enthusiastic. I started my NQT year straight away before the summer holidays. A couple of months in, so about October time, I started to really feel the pressure and felt a real lack of support from my mentor and head of department (who was also new to the school). I expressed my concerns and was just told I was doing a great job and to carry on. By December I was suffering severe anxiety and was signed off from work by my doctor. The school constantly rang me and I felt very pressured to go back. I think in panic and due to a lack of maturity I made the decision that I couldn't carry on and resigned. I felt such a failure and decided I would never teach again. I took a science based job again and then stopped work to have my two children (now 5 and 4). I now work as the office manager of our village pre-school and work with the children when the staff are ill/training etc. I have also been home tutoring a couple of primary children in maths for the last 18 months and volunteering in my daughter's class one morning a week since she started last September (2014). I absolutely love working with children and as my son will start school next September I am thinking ahead to what I will do long term. I have a few questions. Firstly, am I likely to get anywhere applying for NQT jobs at secondary level considering I quit my NQT job before? Secondly, I really feel I should have done a primary PGCE to start with. I've read lots of threads about how hard it is to make the transition from secondary to primary and how few jobs there are. If I was able to do some more voluntary work do you think I have any hope of doing my NQT year in the primary sector? I would love to do this but would rather go back to secondary than not teach at all. My final question is would it be more sensible to apply for TA jobs first to get some more classroom experience before attempting an NQT year given the length of time since my PGCE? Thanks in advance - any advice would be great.