Many NQT's come onto this forum as they think that, despite doing their best, they believe they are failing. Many of these people did really well as student teachers and are very keen. A common problem is mentors who, instead of supporting their charges, choose to undermine and damage them. NQT's generally 'want to succeed' and 'try to please' but many don't realise that even though they are coping well, their mentors are giving them contrary feedback and are also telling lies about them to others. The result is a loss of confidence, a feeling of isolation and can be very damaging. Why would a mentor do such a thing? A good question. The most simple answer is that they do it just because they can and because they enjoy seeing others being harmed. These 'workplace bullies' do not have a normal mindset. (no guilt, no empathy, no remorse, no conscience). It is important that all those starting in the profession take time to read about and understand how workplace bullies operate, why they do what they do and how to avoid being damaged by these people. All that said, there are excellent mentors and excellent schools and of course, you will make mistakes. a good place to start is :- http://www.tes.co.uk/section/staffroom/thread.aspx?story_... Please don't assume that you are too good to be bullied or that you know how they operate. Its a whole new world for most. another thread is http://www.tes.co.uk/section/staffroom/thread.aspx?story_... some of the links at the start don't work, but they are fixed later in the thread. Enjoy your career - believe in yourself.