I had time off in Feb and March last year with stress, I taught GCSE but only work two days and it was simply too much. For September I was given KS3 only which massively helped. Still lots to do and more responsibility piled on, but more managaeable. THEN my colleague who teaches GCSE went off with stress and they had me temporarily teaching her classes on those days. I took over 4 GCSE classes. Turns out she’s not returning tomorrow and is still signed off. I am beyond stressed out at the idea, not sleeping well etc. The school has ridiculously high expectations and I have about 8 days of work to fit into my two days, plus all the pressure of GCSE. On one level I’d like to prove what I can achieve. But realistically I’m overloaded and panicked. It’s an Academy and I had to sign a document saying I wouldn’t be sick for more then two days in the next 4 months. But I feel like they’ve moved the goal posts now! I used to love the school I work at but a change in head and a new head of department who doesn’t know the subject AT ALL and I feel doomed to fail.