Helllo, I am an NQT in desperate need of sound, impartial advice. To put it plainly, I am working 11 hours a day in school everyday and always taking work home. This would be bearable if what I was doing was up to scratch, however I am constantly being told that everything I do is substandard. My NQT mentor is also my year group partner, and head of department, so we work very closely together. I find him unapproachable and frankly, nasty. Whilst I am happy to take constructive criticism, I find that it is often pedantic (things such as cutting out etc) and unrealistic. I am trying hard to focus on planning and teaching quality lessons, however I am repeatedly told that my classroom needs improving, and without TA support before and after school, I struggle to improve my classroom to the high standards that they insist upon. I feel as though my head is in a noose, as we have a department inspection soon and I know that my work isnt up to the same standard as my counterparts. I have found the SLT to be intimidating and unreasonable, so do not feel that I can request support or ask for advice. To make matters worse, the lead NQT mentor is best friends with my mentor, so I do not believe that she will be impartial or objective. I feel anxious and sick whenever I think about school and I have spent all weekend working (yet again). I have had the same pot noodle in my bag for the last two weeks, as I haven't had a lunch break in all that time. There have been days when I haven't even been able to get to the bathroom. I know that this is unsustainable and eventually I will have to stop. I am sure that if I wasn't an NQT I would either be off with stress or I would have resigned in the first term. I am aware that as an NQT I am in a vulnerable position and I don't want to ruin my future prospects, as despite this horrific experience, I still want to work in education. I am sure that my training school would take me back to finish my NQT year, and I am aware that they are hiring. I hate to quit, but I feel that my confidence is being knocked on a daily basis, and honestly, I feel that my mentor wants me to fail (a comment reinforced by colleagues). If you have any advice then I would appreciate some help. Thank you in advance.