I am an NQT about to return for my second term having not done great in my first. For context: the last month of the Autumn term was a bit bumpy for me. I went from feeling moderately comfortable (for an NQT!), to feeling like I could never do this job, to getting amazing and heavy support which made the last two weeks much better. However, during these improving final weeks, I was told that due to my school's intake shrinking, I might be out of a job soon for next academic year. They were lovely about it, so no bad feelings at all. The school is a high attaining academy in an affluent area with high standards and an amazing English (my subject) department in terms of knowledge, teaching practice and support for trainees and up. I was let down a bit with my PGCE course, I feel, and had some medical issues which didn't make the last term of that easy. So whilst I did get my PGCE (just), I was massively under-prepared for this year, particularly in such an amazing school. My question (finally!) is: should I consider an MA next year/for the next two years part time and work (tutoring/supply) if I am getting the gentle boot in summer? Or is it too early? I am in two minds about this. I know NQT years are tough for everyone, and I will definitely stick it out unless something awful happens before July. However, I don't want to be in a career where I feel like I am playing catch-up for years on end before finally being at the same level as some people are in their first/second year. I have been reassured that many people have similar experiences when they start out, and I knew this would be a challenge: but I value my mental health and don't want to become stressed and anxious for something that just doesn't fit me. I also did BA Hons English and Creative Writing at uni: and I am definitely tempted by a CW MA, as CW comes to me quite naturally and I'd like the chance to explore and develop my skills in the hope that I can teach it or even become published. I also love theatre and the MA I have seen does a module on script writing too. Dialogue and description being my strengths, that could be ideal and lead to an amazing career elsewhere. Apologies for the huge post! Thank you if you have read it all!