I’m just out of my NQT year and was asked to attend training for a Shakespeare course - the outcome to put on a performance of a play in our local theatre - I made it clear I was not confident with Shakespeare and was promised support so I said I’d go for it. However, since starting this year and trying to get stuck into the play it’s proving extremely difficult. The children are unable to access the text as they are a very low ability cohort, there are only 35 children allowed to take part (which only leaves 7 behind, which me and my colleagues believe is unfair) and there is a workshop in a week where we are expected to have done a scene which we haven’t done yet as we’ve had to complete writing before starting the play so there is writing that can be assessed. Me and my year partners have asked for support multiple times now and are receiving none. The school have paid to take part in this performance and it’s taking place on 13th November. It’s incredibly stressful and although I have the support of my year partners, the bulk of the responsibility is on me as I am the leader of the project. Do I have the right to refuse to complete the performance? I was promised support from the beginning from management and so far have received minimal help even after multiple attempts of asking for it.