tldr: two terms banked, two schools, worried about going back looking for anecdotes form others. I had a bad experience at my first school, I banked two terms of my NQT but was graded with little progress on my second one. Because I was working at an academy, I had the opportunity to suspend my NQT but remain in my role as a teacher. Then I found a new school to teach at that I thought would be much better, but unfortunately I did even worse at the next school. I think this is because during my last summer term at my first school I was given no support, no help. They graded me a poor teacher and then left me in my classroom alone for a whole term with little to no feedback. Suddenly I had to make 3 terms of progress in one term, in a totally different environment with a different culture of teaching. What I'm really looking for is stories from other people who were struggling, took time, and recovered enough to finish their NQT. I'm currently working in supply and I love it, I would happily do it for the rest of my life - but I need to complete that last term really, and the idea of going back into school full time just fills me with fear.