NQT - with 1 year contract. I will have had 12 weeks off and given in a sick note until the end of term.I have had one meeting with the school since going off sick and they were supportive of my "illness" (Stress) and understanding that it was "beyond my control" the head likened it to her own postnatal depression when she too couldn't realise how ill she was until it came to the crunch. So on one hand they have been sympathetic but on the other they refused to listen when I said my induction wasn't conducted properly. The LA has also listened to my coherent and well structured bullet points about a lack of induction but done nothing - it's like they are scared of the school. LA will give me an automatic extension - I just need to find a new post. However, I'm concerned I will get a poor reference with just the dates of my employment. Elsewhere (on the forums) it says I should get the Union involved for a supportive reference, but I'm not sure he would be useful as he appears quite confrontational. So has it stands I want to stay on sick leave (half pay) until end of contract and then find supply work or another post through an agency, so I presume I will get a poor reference. I also presume at any interview I'll be ultra diplomatic and just say it was not the right school for me. What do you think? I'm not going to re-locate either and will be looking at new schools within 20 mile radius of old school. However, I have also learnt an invaluable lesson from the whole experience and know that my eyes will be wide open in any new post and I will be able to work much more effectively and ask for help if required. Now I know what Induction should be I'll be keeping a concise diary of every day and compiling copious evidence for each standard. Over the summer I'm also going to work hard at improving my subject knowledge and also doing yoga and meditation so I won't get stressed again. I know I'm in a much better place and will be a much better teacher because of the problems this year. It's a hard way to learn - but WHY is it not unusual for schools to totally disregard induction procedures and policies yet be untouchable when it all goes pear-shaped and it's only the poor NQT who gets shafted.