Hi all. I am having a bit of a nightmare on my PGCE. I am currently doing a school direct PGCE, in my first assessed block. I am really struggling with the workload in terms of planning etc. I start school at 7.30 and finish at 6 everyday and I think it's really taking a toll. I have the feeling anyway that my mentor does not reckon much of me as she's very critical of everything I do and it is getting me down. Anyway, I've been ill this past week, I was ill over the weekend with a cold and came in on the Monday with no voice whatsoever, stayed while 6, my voice did come back during the day as I still had to teach. I went in on Tuesday until 6. However, I had a day off Wednesday (yesterday) as I have come down with a sickness bug and I am having today off too. Today I was meant to have an observation too. I feel so bad and hope that my mentor doesn't think I am messing her around, especially when I don't think she likes me anyway. It is only two days but even so, can I get penalised for this? A very, stressed and over-tired trainee.