Hi. So I'm currently in my NQT year. I haven't passed my first term (or I didn't meet the standards, not quite sure on the terminology). We're now halfway through the second term. I've been told that from my head's and mentor's point of view I am not making progress quickly enough. They say that for them there is a big question mark over whether I will pass the summer term. What has been said to me is that "I need to be very sure that I can make the changes and address my shortcomings in the summer term. If I'm not sure then I need to give serious consideration to leaving at Easter". I asked for my head's frank opinion and they said that if they were me they would leave, do supply for a little while, improve what needs improving, and then try again. My opinion is that I am already working very hard. I work weekends and evenings. I don't feel as if I have that extra capacity to make changes. I feel that if I were going into this last term full of beans I could do it. But right now I am thoroughly worn down. I am also aware that there are people out of this school on sick leave with stress. The demands are very high. In particular the marking requirements are strenuous. That is one main thing I am falling down on. To be fair I have received support, although that is held against me. I'm often reminded about the support I get and guilted about it. My year group partner and myself do have a tough relationship, not really one person's fault, it hasn'y helped. Finally, I think that the narrative is set. In the summer term I would be having to change minds rather than make them. Sorry for the long post. They seem ok for me to buckle up and stay. I'm not sure what they are going to say about this current term. I do think things have been going ok but I certainly see the areas for improvement. Some advice I have got has been: Go on sick leave now (which I don't really think I can do - It's just not me, I'm not sick), get this term written off and leave with two terms to do. Stay until halfway through summer term and then use the union to get the school to not count the final term if it doesn't go well. Leave with one term to do. Leave at easter. Having the one term to do. Ideally I would like to stay until Easter but not have this spring term counted so I could leave with two terms. Any thoughts? What would you do?