hi there, can I please ask for some shared experiences? I have been a teacher for many years and have seen the profession change immeasurably. I regret encouraging my daughter to enter the profession especially because of the toll it is currently having on her mental and physical health. My daughter has been working at a stand alone primary academy since September. At the beginning of March she was offered her dream job outside teaching and asked the headteacher if she could be released from her contract at the end of the Easter term. She acknowledges she missed the deadline by a few days but was pleading for the head’s discretion. The head said she would consider her request.a week later she emailed to say she was still considering the request. A further week later, (two weeks after my daughter writing to the head) the head said (via e mail) she HAD considered it and was refusing to let her go until the end of August. My daughter requested a copy of her contract, knowing that there is NO signed contract and therefore nothing in writing about the academy’s resignation policy, probation time etc etc. No copy of contractual terms was offered despite repeated requests. Can you be held to a contracted agreement having not signed a contract? The deputy head then summoned my daughter to an “informal” meeting which ended up with my daughter having a panic attack - followed by a flare up of IBS- followed by being signed off sick by her GP for anxiety and stress, resulting in physical symtoms making classroom teaching impossible. She has not been able to return to the classroom - and tbh - as a parent I am very concerned about her mental health. A national supply agency then advertised the position to commence at the start of the Summer term. We assumed that this meant that agreement had been given - but the head categorically denied that the advert had been placed. When challenged, the supply agency said the school had informed them the position had been filled. The head of governors is, quite rightly, supporting the head, but the union have offered full support to my daughter. On union advise, my daughter tried to set up a meeting with the head teacher and her union representative - but the head said that no such meeting was possible before the commencement of the summer term. My daughter - on union advice - again handed in her resignation; citing ill health as the reason for terminating her contract. She will have given a total of 9 weeks notice - but has said she would like to be taken off the payroll with immediate effect as she would not be able to return to work. No response was received. The head teacher again kept her waiting for a reply and finally responded at six o’clock on the last day of term - thus making any reply impossible. She is aware she is technically in bereach of contract (although she has no contract!) but feels there is no way she can ever return to the classroom at this school ( and possible ANY school) Her new job (NOT school based) starts after Easter - but can she take it up if the head has not agreed to her resignation? She has copies of every letter and e mail she has sent and received and a log of all phone calls. If the school is going to go down the “breach of contract” route ( which we know they are entitled to) - what happens next? Can you still work elsewhere? We find it difficult to comprehend how a head of a school academy would sooner pay extended sick leave payments (it will be for six months!) PLUS supply cover costs rather then just accept termination of a contract..... sorry for the long post but I simply don’t know where to turn to next. Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks.