Looking for some advice - I moved to a new school for my NQT year and to a completely different environment and have struggled through the year. My NQT mentor I find very negative and critical, issues I have raised with my HOD and the DH in charge of NQT's, leaving me feeling very negative about my teaching. She rarely praises me and more often than not tells me how she would have done something, not necessarily saying what I did was wrong, just that she has a better way of doing something. Whilst I understand that she is merely trying to help make me a better teacher, it is never said in a positive or reflective manner. My last Obs was given a grading of Good in all the standards but she still hinted that I hadn't made as much improvement as she would have expected and questioned how much time I was spending planning my lessons. I make sure I take Friday evening off and either one day at the weekend or at the very least a half day off. I teach 15 different classes, all of whom have foreign names and I have found it a challenge to get names correct, something other staff sympathise and agree with. Recently I have had behavioural issues in some of my year 8 classes. I am seriously considering applying for jobs elsewhere because I a) don't get on with my mentor in a small department, and b) don't think the school is that great a school, they do not have a vision for my subject (an option subject) and have removed it from the sixth form completely, supposedly from a lack of applicants. Would it look bad if I moved to a new school after my NQT year in a specialist subject where teachers normally stay for long periods of time? How do I tell my HOD that I am looking when I may well not get anywhere? I presume I have to tell him I am applying as he will be one of my references? What do I do if I can't get a job, I had a lot of jobs in similar but slightly different industries prior to teaching, so my CV at first glance doesn't look that great, although I spent 6yrs in my previous job prior to teaching.