Initially I really enjoyed working at my school despite the heavy workload, challenging behaviour and the daily grind to achieve unrealistic targets. After only a few months of working endlessly with no week-ends and social life, my health began to suffer tremendously and finally I was now seeing the culture of fear that existed within the building. As a result of working ridiculous hours, I didn't do too bad for my first two terms which the school passed and graded me good from lesson observations. Before I could fully start my third term, I collapsed under the pressure and went on sick leave. My GP has been signing me off for the past 2 months with depression and anxiety. Last month I got a call from the Head, who said I should start looking for another school as they will not give me an extension for the time I've been absent due to ill health. The Head went on to mention, I will fail my NQT if I do not resign with immediate effect before November. This has all come as a surprise to me as prior to this, there was never any concerns raised about my performance and as far as I am aware things were going well until I got ill. I am confused and not entirely sure what to do. Do I stay signed off and risk failing my NQT and dismissal? Even if I go back, I don't think the school will give me a fair chance so should I just resign? Can I fail my NQT for ill health that easily?Do I have any entitlement? I have been in touch with my union rep who seems to waffle quite a lot, isn't very helpful and is of the opinion that the school wants to get rid of me and I should resign immediately. Any advice/help would be very gladly accepted.