Hi there, I am in my second year of teaching and have been off sick with stress for three weeks now, rather than feeling better I am starting to get worse. My doctor seems to think it is because I am off work and I must say that I feel absolutely disagree. I feel sick and have panic attacks when I just walk past another school which is absolutely ridiculous but I can't stop myself from reacting like this. I have a history of depression but was handling it well before starting in teaching. I had even got off the tablets! I don't want to go into too much detail in case of the school begin recognised but there has been quite a high turnover of staff under the current Headteacher. I was threatened to not pass my NQT year (only passed because I got my union involved) and for some silly reason I decided to stay! The pressure got worse and worse until the point I was put onto informal capabilities. I ended up going off on sick. I do not want to go back to this school at all and plan on leaving at the end of this academic year. I have been thinking about changing careers and was thinking about doing some voluntary work while I am off sick to see the different sectors. My question is: am I legally allowed to do this? It is 3 or 4 months until the end of the term and I do not at all want to go back... I really want to try something completely different and would like to get back in the job market asap.