Hiya I'm a very unhappy NQT :-( I'm so stressed all the time and find that teaching has just become who I am - it takes over my life completely. My mentor is totally unhelpful. He didn't even realise he had to register me as an NQT until 7 weeks into my first term. I missed all courses, all my release time.... Everything. I get no support. I was suddenly told today that all my app levels need to be in on Monday, for example. My mentor is more interested in bitching about people round school and trying to be 'friends' and mr popular with the parents...... If I go to him for advice on a child and i suggest I need to speak with parents, he says 'oh that will make it so awkward for me as I'm their friend'!!! It's a extremely small village school buti thought keeping a professional distance was important?? No one has EVER checked or helped me with my planning, my assessment or my reports. I am drowning and feel like I want to leave the profession. I have had no release time at all this week. What makes it worse is I am just maternity cover, and the teacher keeps changing her mind about when she will come back. So i dont even know if I will get a whole term for the summer for my 2nd induction term. She also comes back constantly bringing biscuits in for the class, and bringing her baby in. Generally unsettling them and our routines. It sends the kids wild, asking for her back!!! The head isn't supportive. She is very distant and never gets involved :-( I wish I could wipe this job away and start my whole NQT time again, somewhere supportive. That said, I am passing my NQT terms with flying colours according to the reports! I just don't know what to do :-( I'm missing time with my own children and I am starting to resent all the time I spend on it all.