Hi everyone First time posting here, and I'm sure this will have been asked plenty of times before, but I'm not in the best mindset to trawl through forums at the moment. Im looking for some advice in the protocol of work related sickness, and returning to work. I've been teaching in my current primary school for several years. I absolutely love teaching, and still really enjoy being with the kids and changing lives. However, after a change of responsibility (YGL, and other responsibilities), along with poor management, class behaviour issues (which have always been great before) and some personal issues at home - I've begun to struggle. I did make this incredibly obvious to my HT, but as we're due to an Ofsted, no-one (not even SLT) has the capacity to support staff. I took the difficult decision to take some time off, as I realised I was becoming a different person, and I didn't want that person to be around children. I have been given a two week sick/fit note from my doctor, and have another appointment in a weeks time. I can't imagine going back before January - I'm really not in a good place mentally. I will be calling my union on Monday (many of these problems, I feel, are school wide). However, I'm still unsure what the next steps will be. Do I need to call my HT to discuss how I feel? Do I need to start thinking about returning to work and deciding what I need to continue in a healthy fashion? Would a union rep come with me to discuss this? Is this going to negatively impact on my career/the school? I've never been off before, so I have no idea what to expect. In general, I'm feeling really guilty being off (although I know it's the right decision for my mental health), and I genuinely do want to go back asap - but some things really do need to change, as it's currently not maintainable. Sorry for the rambling - please let me know if you have any experience of what happens next, or things that I should be thinking about etc. Thanks in advance.