My son started his first year of teaching in September having taken his PGCE after working in retail for nine years. We all thought all was OK, we knew he was teaching A level Economics and had not studied this subject (Degree and PGCE in Business Studies) but did not realise he had 6 lessons of AS and 6 lessons of A2 Economics a week. He has been working hard learning the course, preparing lessons, marking etc, but last week just broke down and could not face going in to school. We managed to get him to go in on Wednesday and speak to his HOD, Head and he went in again on Thursday. However, was physically sick when he tried to leave the house on Friday, he has not gone in again today. He is on a temporary one year contract and had the promise of it becoming permanent when they saw how he coped with the Economics. He was told on Wednesday by the head that he understood and would get someoone in to take over the Economics and find some KS3 lessons for him to teach. He also said that he would support him and give him a reference on the way he has performed teaching GCSE and A level Business Studies. It is now obvious he hasn't been coping for a while (before October half term) and it has now imploded in his mind and he is unable to face going in to his school. He emailed his HOD on Friday asking how things were going re his new timetable but got no reply so his wife (who is very supportive) rang the HOD. He spoke to my son and my son gave him work for today. He has a doctors appointed booked for today so hope that helps. We live almost 200 miles away from them so finding it difficult as he doesn't want us to go down. He also has very supportive in laws. What can be done to helpl? How will this affect passing his NQT year? If he feels to is unable to return to the school, could he get another job to complete his induction year? He still wants to teach but not Economics. Both my husband and I were teachers and feel from what we have heard that there doesn't seem to be the support we have seen given in the schools in which we have taught. Thank you for any advice that you may be able to give me.