I have been signed off since October with WRS following a meltdown at work. I have been put on medication and have a really supportive doctor. I have read so many posts on here from people who have been through the same and so I am hoping somebody may be able to answer my question: how do you go back? I'm signed off until 12th January and may even be off longer, but I know I have to go back at some point. But the thought of facing everyone terrifies me. What will I tell the students? Our students are not backwards in coming forwards when they want to ask questions. And how will I pick up my classes? The targets set for our students are very high and I have no chance of reaching my targets if I haven't been there. In my exam review meeting in September the Head told me there was no place in his school for teachers who couldn't achieve their targets. I had 91% A*-C (20 students) in my PRP class and because I only had 27% on target I was told I had the students down. Some had A instead of A*, and some even told me that they had skipped some RE revision as the pressure on them for Maths and English etc was so high. But I'm pretty sure my feelings of incompetence started then. But I digress; the question is I have to go back, ( financially there are no other options) and I am terrified. The head phoned me in the last week of term and mentioned a phased return but I have no idea what that is or how it works. I'm getting in a right state at the thought and even having nightmares. Please help!