Hi Pooney. I am very sorry to hear this about your daughter. But not all that suprised it happens. This bullying and harrassment of NQT's does seem to happen in schools. I also went through some very very rough times in my previous post. Although covering for Maternity, I was made to feel inadequate very quickly into my induction year. However, I hope your daughter is now recovering from her stress illness. You have to have the stress related illness to see how painful and dangerous it can be. For me it was like your daughter - I kept playing ball, thinking things would get better and I could focus on my teaching and learning but no, the SLT and the people you describe as mentors and heads made my life sh'it and unbearable. I went through a series of events that ebbed away at my self confidence and before a neutral person told me, I did not have a clue what was going on - probably the naivity that these bas/tards prey upon. We are cheaper to employ and easier to manipulate - fact. This is why your daughter has gone through this. It is now ingrained at certain school environments and it is nigh impossible to root out. Your daughter's confidence will be down understandably- only she knows by how much. For me it took the better part of 10 weeks to recover (after I left the school), in order to carry on and earn a living (doing supply at the moment at some really tough secondary schools). I remember when I visited the doctor, I felt like a dead man walking, thats what it felt like - noone to talk to, trapped, pressurised, exhausted and demotivated. So I know what your daughter is feeling - kind of. There is hope though. Your daughter needs time and space away from teaching for a while. Tell her to not think about teaching or jobs at all for a good few weeks. Tell her to eat and drink well and also exercise regularly. Get her mind into something she enjoys doing. All this 'other' than teaching attitude is necessary for what she has been through. This will enable her to think clearer - and then make rational decisions for her own future. Please PM me if you need a one to one. H. ps. I have been doing supply and I will get references from schools I have worked at. I presume your daughter's ex school will not provide a decent reference but you have to tell the school that the reference just needs to state that she worked there with no bull/sh/it attached.