I am an NQT in an academy. We are three weeks in to term and I am already feeling like I want to call it quits. I apologise if this seems like a big moan but I have no idea where else to turn to for advice. I started term with one piece of information - what time they wanted me to be in. I had no class lists, timetable, curriculum or even information about my NQT program. I'm sure you can appreciate that I started with high levels of anxiety because of this. It has not subsided as the term has progressed, if anything it has escalated. I feel very unsupported - my mentor is also new to the school and the Head of Department so she is just getting up to speed. I have not been able to speak to her properly about my feelings as our first NQT meeting happened while she was running a lunchtime detention due to her heavy timetable - How could I pour my heart out in front of the children? I suggested to her that I felt like I was 'struggling to fight fires' and her response could only be summed up as 'everyone else feels like that as well' - helpful! Other teachers have offered some support but it's only scratching the surface. I feel like a fraud waiting for my school to find out that i'm totally clueless - and I fear that rather than being supported they will just reprimand me for not trying harder. I am constantly anxious. I know I am not on top of my workload because of this and it is making it worse. There are countless times I have sat at home in the evening crying over school. I would go to the doctor but my school are unwilling to allow people planned time off for medical appointments - I already requested cover for two hours to see a dentist and it was denied (other members of staff told me just to 'pull sickies as they never approve leave requests.') I've just contacted my local NUT division for advice, and I am increasingly tempted to hand in my notice and try to find another job in another sector. I've never hated sunday nights so much in my life - even as I am writing this I feel the tears welling up. Any advice on either alleviating my situation or handing in notice would be greatly appreciated.