I'm an NQT in a school with several other NQTs. I'm yet to have a formal mentor meeting scheduled, or even more than a 5 minute conversation with them. My mentor is lovely, but extremely busy and usually located on a different site to me (although we do cross paths for about 5 mins at a time about twice a week). I feel a bit like I've just been thrown in at the deep end and left to get on with it. I know the other NQTs in my school are in the same position. No one has mentioned when my first observation will be and whether I will have any control over which lesson I am observed in. This is really worrying me, as I have a very mixed bag of classes. I'm getting quite nervous about the observation, with it having been so long since I have had one (last time was in February!) and I have been told that I am unable to observe any other teachers due to Covid. Behaviour is not good in my school, but as I'm not able to observe others I don't know if it is just when I teach or if it is a general issue in the school. Does anyone know how many observations we need to have as an NQT? I think I read somewhere that it was 6, but do these need to be evenly spread with one in each half term? We are already halfway to half term and I feel very unprepared for an observation, but being in a local lockdown area, I worry that schools will close or pupils in my classes will be sent home before I can have my obs. I'm also concerned that my school's/NQT mentor's disorganisation will either lead to me having an observation at the last minute, or even worse with my most challenging class (I have one bottom set that apparently no one can get to work!) or with the headteacher!! I realise the obvious answer is to e-mail my mentor, but I do not want to stress her out anymore than she already is as she is under a lot of pressure. I don't know what I'm looking for posting on here really, other than someone to tell me they're in the same boat, or that it will get better!