Dear colleagues, I am an NQT on a permanent contract, but I have been thinking about resigning for a few months now. After pouring endlessly over it, I have decided that the question is now not whether I should resign, but when I should leave and give my notice. Although I originally wanted to leave at the end of this school year, and thus give my notice as early as possible before 31st May 10, I now worry that I cannot reasonably leave then because I am actually now in a worse financial situation than I was before I started training. I keep thinking about what is best and changing my mind, but I am considering leaving after Christmas so I can possibly save up a little bit of money before quitting to get a job outside of education. I haven't talked to anyone at school about my plans.At first I felt really guilty about wanting to leave after only a year, now I feel guilty about wanting to quit mid-year? Is it common to quit in December after less than 2 years spent in the same school? The staff is lovely and the school really supportive in general so there is no problem there. I'd feel less guilty if I stayed on for another year but it really contradicts my plans as I have ultimately realised I want another career and I feel like I am wasting useful time working in the wrong direction. Do you think I should tell my HoD about what's going through my mind? I'm really not sure how to approach it to be considered thoughtful and professional and not a 'quitter'. Thank you for your advice.