Hi Guys, I would really appreciate any help or advice. I am in my second year of teaching, and all my reports and observations have been good. I have always achieved 'satisfactory' and even a couple of 'good.' I have however always struggled with the job and the workload. and considered quitting many many times during my NQT year. I did manage to get through it though. However, I am currently having a hellish time. The workload, and a difficult class have got me stressed like I have never experienced before, and I am so disillusioned with teaching its untrue. I am stressed and anxious on a daily basis, I have become extremely negative, and I dread coming to work every day. Even when I'm not working I can't stop thinking about it, and its affecting my sleep patterns, my social life, and relationship to some extent. It is starting to make me feel unwell. I went and told my Head all of this the other day, and saying that while I would always remain professional..... I had decided that teaching was not the profession for me, and I wanted to leave at the next available opportunity. He showed no sympathy and said that from my contract this would be handing notice in at the end of February to leave end of April, though currently I spend every day thinking about how I am going to make it to the end of the week. I asked the office for a copy of my contract, and it turns out they don't have one....as I have never signed a contract of any kind, temporary or permanent. I have also never been told about a notice period, or where to find one. It was only when my school realised this that they issued me a contract, which obviously I have not signed. I don't want to run out tomorrow....but my question is can I get out before April? My Union seem a bit useless and are saying I am probably bound by the terms of the burgundy book, which I find difficult to believe when I have never even heard of it or been told about it. Also I guess I could kiss a reference goodbye, though I know I wouldn't want another teaching job, and that I could get a good one from my team leader. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks Rowntree.