Dear James, I have been told by my senior mentor that I have failed the first term as an NQT in a temporary post. I have had 4 formal observations (all unsatisfactory) and 4 informal observations. One of the main reasons is lack of control of students and lack of presence in the classroom (I have had students throwing rubbers and paper at me). I have made some progress in using the school's behaviour for learning policy but have not met other targets. We have been through the options and I am thinking of resigning before the end of term as I don't want to risk failing a second term and also it will be v stressful to continue so doesn't seem worth it. I would like to start again in another school however I am concerned about finding another job, the reference, the reason I would give for resigning etc. The school has supported me and I have been meeting weekly with my mentor but I've been finding it difficult to put all the advice given into practice. It may also be that I am not suited to the school (it's a Catholic school in outer London). Should I stay or should I go?