I am an NQT in a fairly tough school and I am finding it extremely hard to cope and feel very ready to quit. I was a mature student and have four children. Although I am reasonably well supported in my school, I feel that I am constantly getting it wrong. Despite passing my first assessment period as satisfactory, my stress levels are throught the roof and I am crying at the drop of a hat. I am regularly told that the children are very different now fthan they were at the beginning of term and that I must remember they came in a lower than expected levels. This isn't helping! I regularly work until gone midnight to try and meet the needs of my children but when I have got children who are working at a level 1A already and children who can't even write their own name, being told I have to use the whole school planning but maintain a continous provision I am really confused and don't know which way to turn. I am tying my self in knots trying to please everyone at once and I am absolutley terrified of failing. I have been activitly looking a new job and can't find anything that I feel confident in applying for, and I have also considered giving teaching up altogether. I just don't know what to do!! I certainly don't feel that it is worth all of this stress!!! Mrs Penfold.