Just been told this week (by email) that I am 'not making satisfactory progress against the standards' at the end of term 1 (but that they expect me to have made sufficient progress by the end of the school year). Putting aside the fact that this should have been communicated to me sooner, and in person, plus the issues I've had with complete lack of support (see my earlier post) ... I was just wondering if anyone could enlighten me as to how a person can be deemed to not be making satisfactory progress when there is actually evidence for all of the standards in the NQT report that the school has completed, and the targets that I've been given are 'next step' type targets such as 'increase pace in lessons' and 'develop positive feedback', which I consider to be small issues (and generic ones) rather than major ones. I don't consider myself to have not made progress, and feedback from lesson observations has shown progress. So, on the flip side, how little progress does one need to make in order to not be making progress? I've been advised by someone that this is political; the school can submit this report after term 1, then when I pass in term 3 they look fantastic. Do you think this realistically is the situation? I think the main problem is that the person in charge of NQTs in the school has misconstrued something, and made an incorrect judgement about me, but I can't do anything to address that misconception because their mind is made up, and they're someone who is very sure of themself. Also, I know that this person is a total snake and not to be trusted, based on the treatment of a member of staff that I'm aware of, so I am worried that I could end up failing term 2 as well, at which point it would probably be too late to resign in order to not fail term 3. So what action should I take? Advice appreciated. But please note I'm in a very vulnerable position (I feel that I am), so I am scared of doing anything such as getting my union involved or speaking to the NQT people at the local council. Thank you!