These are just my thoughts, don't really know what I expect people to say. I am finding the job very hard at the moment, as I sure are many others. I have been in my current school for 6 years, this being my second year in Y2. My problem is that I never feel as if I am on top of things, I constantly feel as if I am only just keeping my head above water and at any moment will sink. I can not cope with the constant introduction of new things to do/changes to the way we currently do things, constant scrutiny of books, planning and lessons. I work in an inner city school, children come in at very low levels yet we are expected to achieve at least national averages. There is no recognition of what we as a staff do well, rather a criticism of what we don't do well enough. For example, chn in my class have improved the content of their writing but all that is mentioned is that their presentation isn't good enough. I have to hand my books in more regularly so that SLT can see expected improvement. I am dreading going to work tomorrow. I am trying to finish my planning now as I spent yesterday decorating my house (complete refurbishment as need to sell to move in with partner) and dared to have some time with my partner today. I had a lovely day but had a constant black cloud hanging over my head. I am starting to feel quite panicked now. I have parents evening tomorrow and know that at least two of the parents coming to see me will have something to complain about, all because chn are SEN and I have trusted certain things to their support (e.g. reading books - assuming support would tell me if reading books was too easy/hard). I am also taking part in a year long course to become a maths specialist teacher and had an assignment due in 1st March. Not done yet, am behind with reading and work for course. I honestly feel like giving up, partner is understanding but doesn't really know what to say to me and is a little fed up with have a miserable, stressed partner! Don't know what else I would do as I don't think I'd be any good at anything else. Apparently I'm not very good at teaching but I did love my job not too long ago. Sorry, don't know what this will achieve but thank you for listening.