Hello, Am in my first term of NQT as a part timer (through necessity rather than choice), and have just been told that I am "failing". I have been observed a number of times, receiving 'satisfactory' and on two ocassions 'inadequate' - these were graded according to Ofsted criteria rather than the NQT standards. I have also been observed by an external person and was graded 'good'. I am of the understanding that an NQT cannot fail a term of induction, only the year as a whole. However this is knowledge gleamed through trawling the TES forums, as opposed to anything my school or mentor have told me. They are clear that I am not meeting their expectations and this is a serious issue as I am "on track to fail". Before this I was tempted to resign as I am not happy at the school and do not feel that the Head or my mentor are people I can approach or turn to for support or guidance, luckily the other staff are very supportive and encouraging. However since my mentor has implied that I should resign, I now feel defiant about staying and seeing out my contract, or at least finding an alternative position.(although I do have conerns about what kind of reference they would provide for me!). As I am part time I am unsure what constitutes part of my NQT time - as I have been on a few courses (approximately 3 specific NQT courses) that took place on other days of the week that I do not normally work, I have accordingly claimed overtime for these. I have only had an initial meeting with my mentor where a great deal of paperwork was thrust upon me, and another brief (less than 30 minute) meeting where my action plan was decided. After the head observed me for the first time (only because I informed them I was seeking employ elsewhere and he didn't observe me before appointing me) I was told that I was inadequate and the school arranged regular shadowing sessions for me to observe "how it should be done". I have now been told that I have my final review meeting next week and have the weekend to "sort my evidence to prove myself", my mentor explained that she will only be checking off standards that I am secure in and stressed that I am in serious trouble and they have already contacted the LEA to seek advice on what to do if an NQT is failing [although I suspect this may have been code for "we have been through the contract with a fine tooth comb trying to find a loophole to get rid of you AND checked with the council, but we can't"!] A few people have suggested contacting my union but all of my negative feedback has been verbal, all of my observation feedback forms record constructive criticisms, so I do not have any evidence of this. I am on a fixed term contract [incidentally covering a teacher who is taking the school to tribunal because of the way they treated her while she was there for less than a month] so both I and the school realise that this is not a permanent position. Just wondered if anyone has any thoughts about this? Thanks in advance. PS. I have a terminally ill parent, who we have just found out has only weeks remaining. I have not mentioned this to the school or used it as an excuse in any way, nor taken any sickness days. However my mentor brought up the issue and said that this was no excuse; when I pointed out I wasn't using it as one she said that it wouldn't have been considered if I had.