Hi everyone. This is my first post on here and I'm not sure what I'm hoping for it just need to talk to others about what's going on.sorry if this is long and thanks in advance for any responses. I started my nqt post in a new all through school in September. They have been a successful primary but are now 2 years into being a secondary so only ks3 at the moment. I have just had my second observation and been told that I am not on track to meet the standards. I am devastated as my lesson feedback was actually quite good. The problem seems to be my books. They have told me that all books need to be marked after every lesson. Is this normal? I have 270 students and see them twice per week. That's 540 books per week! On top of this I have been criticised on my planning. We are required to submit detailed written lesson plans at the start of each half term for that half term. These are for every lesson and when I say detailed I mean starter, main and plenary with all resources listed. I have done so and was told that I should amend the plans to include what questions I would ask students. I did this and was then told I must include the answers I expect students to give. Is this acceptable? I have not planned in such detail before even when training but maybe that is what is required one you qualify? There are more issues mainly to do with the outcomes in books. I teach a non core subject that includes some abstract concepts. I find students learn these better in a more active hands on way but my books are being compared to the English books and I have been told the volume and quality of written work is not good enough. I have now been given an action plan with weekly book scrutinies and I'm terrified that I'm going to fail my nqt year. I am the only teacher of my subject and as such I am a department of one which is feeling quite lonely right now. I'm sure what if anything I can do except follow everything they are telling me to do but I feel sick at the thought of forcing my students to copy out pages of writing every lesson and that huge marking pile! So sorry for the rambling thread but I feel completely overwhelmed and as if I have failed already.