Sorry for the long post. There's a lot of things I need to get off my chest. I've been signed off with WRS since the beginning of December. The workload just got so bad I couldn't function or think straight. I am on medication which I feel is only just beginning to take effect. I have an occupational health meeting in just over a weeks time. I have no idea what to say. I know they are meant to support me but I don't know what to expect or which approach to take. I also have no idea what to to about my future in teaching. I have been teaching for 5 years now and when I first started it was stressful but just about manageable. A day at school didn't feel like 'work'. I loved it. Now, 5 years down the line the job has changed so much. I feel that what I was told was good is no longer good enough. I am fed up of the constant criticism, the paperwork and the long working hours only to be told you require improvement. My time away from the nightmare has allowed me to think of what I want and my priorities. I have a 14 month old and regretfully I remember wanting her to go to sleep just so I can mark the 60 books waiting for me. I never want that to happen again. I've realised what a unhappy person I was. I want to be happier and I don't think remaining in my current role can enable me to be a happier person. I am in a permanent position so I could resign and leave at Easter. Part of me can't wait to resign but yet another part of me feels sad. I've worked hard to qualify, obtain a post and now I feel totally disheartened. There is a possibility of teaching part time but I just can't see me doing that at my current school. Maybe I should just leave and do supply and find another role, or maybe a non teaching job altogether. The main thing is.... I want to be a mum and have time for my baby. I don't want to be stressed about marking, planning, assessment etc etc. I want a work life balance. Any advice, thoughts or just hearing your experiences if you are in or have been in a similar situation will be appreciated.