I am so confused and do not know what to do, so thought I would see if any other people can offer advice or even just empathise! I am an NQT with one term under my belt. For the past 5 years I have been secure in the knowledge that teaching is the career for me and have gradually been working towards achieving this. I had a very successful training year and really enjoyed both placements, leaving with an outstanding and still full confident that I had chosen the right profession. Cut to the present - I am dreading going back to school. Gradually over the past term my confidence has been chipped away at. I am not enjoying my school at all. My class are generally pretty lovely but I find I have little say in what I am teaching, and am generally uninspired by the whole thing. Morale at the school is low and while my observations from my mentor have been a mixture of positive and constructive, all SLT input has been very negative and critical. I have been told that next term there will be continual 'drop in' observations from SLT and am dreading it all. I feel like I cannot do anything right and am a rubbish teacher... I dont see how I can come back from feeling like this? It does not help that I am a single parent and am finding the work-life balance non existent! My son is 7 and spends every other weekend with his dad so I effectively get 2 days a month of quality time with him. He is missing me and I am missing him, so not only am I the worlds worst teacher but I am also the worlds worst parent... Has anyone else considered leaving the profession altogether and then recaptured their enthusiasm? Will a change of school make much difference? Should I 'hang in there' to finish my NQT year so I have the option of returning? Will I ever get a better work-life balance or should I cut my losses?