I’m off work with stress due to both family issues and also WRS. I cannot see me returning to teaching due to both of these stressors are not going to go away and my family and my health needs to come first. Upon reading my schools absence policy I discovered that at the request of occupational health, there could be an option for deployment either within the school or within the local council. I tracked down an ex-colleague who I knew left due to stress and was told that with the help of their union they were redeployed as a TA. Another dilemma. Whilst I’ve been off sick I’ve been applying for other non teaching jobs. I’ve secured two interviews for the start of November. Starts dates TBC. However, my sick note runs out end November. Because the jobs are non teaching, I’ve put my line manager and another member of staff down as my referees with the request that my referees aren’t contacted unless I am offered one of the jobs. So, the dilemma is....do I just resign now and gain my freedom? Or do I hang fire, see if I am offered one of the jobs and suffer the consequences from SLT when I resign and ask to be released early??? Or do I cancel the interviews and try to go down the redeployment route. As a single parent and sole breadwinner this isn’t exactly helping my stress!