I've read some of the threads relating to NQT induction nightmares and would really appreciate some advice as I'm in a similar, but more extreme situation. Myself and another NQT were employed on a 0.6 contract meaning that our NQT induction year would last 5 terms. We weren't allocated a mentor at the start but eventually after much 'pleading' with the HT we were eventually passed onto a part-time deputy who already had senco, scitt and governor responsibilities so we were an extra 'burden' to fit into her 3 day week. The deputy received no formal training or advice as to how to deal with us and was told by the HT 'just to do it'. We both felt like we were impacting on the deputy's valuable time and hefty schedule and although she tried her best, it was obvious that it was an unrealistic expectation to put on her. She often had to work late or 'stay up all night' just to keep up with her other duties. The HT offered no support and patronised us constantly with 'I have every faith in you all' which really annoyed all three of us as she knew we were all struggling to 'fit' everything into a 3 day week. The deputy unsurprisingly, took early retirement at the end of our 3rd term leaving us with 2 terms outstanding at the end of July. In September we asked the HT who our new mentor would be, to which we were told 'Oh I forgot about that! I'll sort something out'. We waited and waited then at October half-term reminded her that we were still waiting! HT continued to fob us both off until the last week of term (just before Christmas) when she announced at a wrap around meeting 'Our NQTs are now both fully qualified!' but don't tell them yet as I haven't spoken to them! We were completely bemused and stunned at hearing this from support staff and we were speechless at her announcement. We asked the HT, how she came to this decision and were told 'I'm the HT here and I can make that judgement. I'm signing you both off early as I have no doubt you have both met all of the standards. Obviously, she had 'forgotten' that for 3 whole months we had no support, no observations, no tutorials, no meetings, no training, no non-contact time! She was very convincing and it was implied that as NQTs who were we to question her decision. 3 months later we were still waiting for confirmation of completion of the induction period, thinking it was an oversight or paperwork 'thing'. That was until earlier this week when we received a phone call from a very concerned NQT coordinator at our LA who advised that we ARE still NQTs and have been working without any support, guidance, training, observations etc and that this is not in accordance with regulations. To cut a long story short, we have wasted the last 2 terms (7 months) and may have to repeat them. Even worse, because our mentor received no formal training either, we could end up repeating the last 5 terms (around 17 months). We are both horrified that this could happen and have worked extensively at home and school (which can be verified by all staff). The NQT contact at the LA said this is way beyond her remit and cannot advise us what to do except to contact the union and the head NQT coordinator. We have been told that this is completely out of order and that the HT could face legal action. The HT is off sick so is blissfully unaware of the chaos which she has caused. We know from experience that she is very good at manipulating situations to her advantage and blaming staff for her bad practice, but as NQTs who will believe us? Staff that stand up to her are humiliated and bullied until they leave. We are both completely devastated and have spent the past two days driving home in tears. Surely someone can do something? All of the teaching sites say 'It is the HTs responsibility' but no one from the union or LA has got back to us and we don't know whether to say anything to the HT or wait until the LA or union gets in touch. What should we do and what other implications could we face?