Hi, I’m hoping someone who may have experienced this situation can help me. This is very difficult for me to write so please be gentle! Basically, I have recently returned to teaching after a bit of time out. In short: I hate it. I don’t want to give too many details for fear of identifying myself on here but a combination of horrendous behaviour from the pupils, lack of support and issues at home (childcare issues are making things incredibly fraught at home too) means that I simply cannot stay there and I handed my notice in. I have always enjoyed teaching. I have always been a good teacher. Here, I feel so worthless and weak and it has completely and utterly stamped out any desire I have to set foot in a classroom ever again. I now have no doubt in my mind that I never, ever want to return to teaching. When I resigned, HT said he wants me to stay until the end of term as per my contract. Which I initially understood (it seems, despite my utter misery I have still been teaching ‘good’ lessons) but it has now got to a point where I feel completely unable to stay a moment longer. I can’t sleep, I get tearful daily and I get palpitations when I think about going in. Most mornings, whilst I’m driving in it takes all my strength not to just turn around and go in the opposite direction. The thought of spending 7-8 more weeks there makes my chest feel tight. Every night I fantasise about just writing a letter so say that I can no longer continue but I am happy for them to withhold my pay if they need to. So my question is: has anyone ever left before their notice period? What happened? I realise they can technically sue me for breach of contract. I am happy for them to withhold my pay. I realise they could refuse me a reference, but I never want to teach again so would I have to use them as a referee for any future job? They would not hire a replacement for me as when they hired me I was essentially an ‘extra’ teacher to help raise attainment. I would not normally ever consider doing this but I feel utterly desperate and already it is starting to affect my health. Going back to the HT isn’t an option; I made it clear on my resignation letter that I would prefer an earlier date if possible and he made it clear I need to stay. I’ve tried contacting my union for advice; they essentially said that I have to abide by this and they are unable to help me in any other way because I joined so recently. If you have read this far, thank you. Apologies if this has come across as jumbled! Any advice would be much appreciated.