I want to leave teaching, I don't enjoy working with teenagers and find the role extremely stressful. I am a NQT and loved the PGCE but was not prepared for the realities of being a teacher. I have applied for other jobs and been offered interviews but when they find out I am tied in until 30 April they tell me it is too long as they need someone sooner (understandably). I am seeing that my only choice is to give notice by the end of February but if I don't gain a job for the start of May I will be unemployed and unable to pay my mortgage. But if I don't leave I know I will end up being signed off with stress as I really cannot cope with teaching. The other thing I am concerned about is whether my school will be upset as I am covering a maternity leave, even though I will be giving notice according to my contract it will leave them having to find another replacement for the remainder of the academic year. I am teaching Social Science and HSC and when they advertised for the mat post I am covering they only had 2 applicants. I am worried that this may mean they will give me a poor reference, although I have achieved a 'good' rating in my observation so know I shouldn't receive one.