Hello, I have resigned from my current teaching post and I finished at half term. I had been a teacher for 2 years at another school and I had done well - the 2 classes I taught made very good progress, my observation / learning walk feedback was always good and the children I taught were happy and focussed. The school had a lot of challenges (incredibly disruptive pupils, SEN children who weren't supported appropriately), and this job was also over a 1 hour drive from home and this just was an added exhaustion on an already exhausting job. So, I made the decision to move to a different school and I started a new job at a school much closer to home in September. All went well for the first few weeks. The school seemed to be happy with how I was getting on. In the third week I was told I had made a really good start on my books and my next step was to get the children to respond to my marking.... they are year 1! However, as this was the only thing identified for me to work on, I dedicated time to doing this. I was also told that they wanted the continuous provision done differently (I hadn't been spoken to about this before I started - I did what I had done in my old school but when they told me they wanted it done differently, I was given time out of class to change it to match their planning format - so far, so good!) There were also concerns about the behaviour of some children in the class (mainly in the playground) and I was told they would start a Thrive group straight away, although this didn't actually happen until the seventh week. In the fourth week, we had a learning walk which involved my head teacher and 2 other head teachers from different schools. They came in classrooms for 10 minutes, 2 times throughout the morning and spoken to the children, looked at books etc. Whilst they were in my classroom, the first time we were doing story making so the children were up and about, acting out a story they were learning. The second time, I was working with a guided group whilst the other children were doing continuous provision. All was well in the classroom - the children were excited and I had to remind a few children about their behaviour (being too noisy, not sharing etc) but they were engaged. At the end of the day, I was told by my head teacher that everything they had seen was inadequate - apparently, the books showed that the children's progress had gone backwards (yet I had had good feedback the week before), I had been story making for too long (they came in 30 minutes after play time and we didn't start it straight away) so this made the teaching inadequate and one child had picked up a chair in the role play area so this made the safety in the classroom environment inadequate. I asked if the child had thrown the chair (knowing that they hadn't) and the head said "No, but they picked it up and it could have been very dangerous." This was topped off by me being told that if I didn't improve after a six week plan, I would be put on informal capability and I would struggle to get another teaching job! I put my heart and soul into the job for the previous month and ran myself into the ground to keep on top of everything with minimal support. I had made myself unwell in the process. I had already been questioning whether I could sustain the work load and deal with the pressure for the whole academic year and I had also questioned whether teaching was the career for me. I was so angry, shocked and upset with the feedback, given that I was giving everything and things seemed to have been going well that I resigned from my post the next day. I left at half term. I was on the point of having a nervous breakdown and I was not sleeping or eating properly but I went in every day for the next 3 weeks, planned and taught the best I could and the children's last write they did with me was so much better than their one from the first day. Many parents commented on their children's progress and told me how happy they were. I will not go back into teaching ever. All I want to know is whether this situation is as outrageous / badly handled as I think it is. I am shocked that I could be told I will struggle to get another teaching job, 4 weeks into a new job when I had worked on the 2 things they had asked me to develop. I also know that essentially telling someone they are incompetent is not the way to motivate people! Everyone close to me has said I should go to my teaching union about the way this whole situation was handled. Whilst part of me just wants to walk away and move on with my life, the other part is disgusted that the school seems to think that is an acceptable way to speak to and treat people. Should I go to the union, or should I walk away?