Are there any young looking NQTs out there who are finding it hard to be taken seriously as a teacher? I have just started my NQT year but was quite annoyed by other people's attitudes towards me on the first day. I am 24, about 5'2 and slim with a baby face. When I went into the staff room during the first week, I noticed some of the TAs whispering and looking at me. I thought this was a bit rude as I was sitting directly opposite them and it wasn't exactly subtle. One of them then said "are you a new TA?" to which I replied I was one of the new teachers. She then said something along the lines of, "Oh, God! I would never have thought that, you look like a TA because you're so young!" I find this so annoying and rude. I would never dream of commenting on someone's appearance by telling them they look old or overweight or anything like that, so why it is socially acceptable to tell me I look young? I get this everywhere and it's becoming really tedious. I can't change it either, as wearing heels/make-up can only do so much. I never used to have a problem with the way I look but the more people comment on it, the more it starts to dent my confidence. I am now really anxious about starting to teach my class next week and attending parents evening in a few days. I really don't want every parent to comment on how young I look as I get sick of it. I wish they would take me seriously and look at my qualifications and achievements rather than my face. Sorry for the rant, it's getting me down a bit and I'm sick of hearing "oh you'll appreciate it when you're 40!" I just want to live my life now and get shown the respect I show other people.