Hi everyone, I'm an NQT who is teaching Year Six in a school in special measures. I have only been working there about a month but I'm feeling like I'm struggling. I had a really good PGCE year and got good to outstanding in every observation, never felt too stressed and enjoyed my work. At this school I'm feeling the opposite. Firstly, I was observed teaching by the Headteacher last week and I felt he was a bit harsh on me. He only came in for the first 10 minutes (when I was explaining the task) and left, then came back in the last 5 minutes so he only saw 15 minutes of an hour long lesson. I had planned something interactive, with the children working in groups on an activity I'd spent ages thinking about. He didn't see any of it, then in the feedback told me it was satisfactory but he had concerns about the pupil engagement. I felt this was a bit unfair as he had been out of the room during the main part of the lesson. As the school is in special measures, I am now being targeted with the SMT telling me I have to get my lessons up to good - making me feel like I've been labelled as a so-so teacher when they've not really even observed me properly. I was told I'd have loads of support (with the deputy head team teaching with me) as Year Six is tough for an NQT to take on, but instead I've been left completely alone. As the school is in special measures, HMI is constantly being mentioned and I feel very panicky about it as my confidence is low after the negative comments I've received about my teaching. They are due this week and I'm dreading it. Every day I dread going in. My class are also difficult as their old teacher (who they loved) was 'let go' after a bad series of observations and they are finding it hard to accept me. She also keeps coming back to visit them and is regularly talking to the pupils on Facebook, which is making it really hard for them to move on. They are disrespectful and constantly talk about her. I'm feeling very down as I was really looking forward to my first job and it's been a nightmare so far. On top of this, my PPA and NQT time is often being taken away from me with my mentor making me attend meetings or do jobs for her so I rarely get any time to plan in the week and am overworked at weekends. I am so worried about the HMI visit as well. Does anyone have any advice for me?