Hi, I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to post this - it's a query half way between jobs and workplace dilemma. I'm a secondary maths NQT - I completed my first term but, due to a number of reasons, (a combination of lack of school support and not looking after myself properly) was not well enough to go back to school in January and have been signed off with anxiety and depression for the entire term. I knew that I didn't want to try and struggle on in my current setting so handed my notice in before half term. I'm now getting to the stage where I feel well and hopeful enough to believe I could actually stand in front of a class again. I'm looking at applying for some primary jobs as I feel a massive contributor to my situation was that I was hating secondary teaching and should have done primary to start with! (I have significant volunteer primary experience). I know that getting a primary role in this situation is a long shot - I'm also looking at applying for primary TA jobs, so that I could build up work experience and gain a clear reference. What I'm really working around to asking is, should I/how should I address my long term absence in a job application? Should I mention it in the covering letter?