I know I didnt have to give notice til May but all teachers at my school received an email asking our intentions for the next school year. Unfortunately my SLT had been told by my mentor that I was struggling with the work - life balance and was considering my options so I know they were indirectly asking me, therefore I felt the need to declare my intentions for the next academic year, for fear of being accused of being deceitful. I emailed SLT back explaining that it was my intention to seek part time work for the next school year and received a brisk reply accepting the email as written notice. I feel like the black sheep now - and im concerned that the rest of the school year will suffer, there seems to be a pattern where people who leave are almost made outcasts. Im even concerned that this will affect whether or not I pass NQT year On top of this im now scared about finding employment for September! Part time work is notoriously difficult to come by and I have not had the opportunity to look around and wait for the jobs to start coming out before handing in my official notice as the school asked so early. It feels like once they got wind that I was struggling they wanted me 'officially' gone asap - I was surprised an emailed response to a general enquiry was so swiftly taken as official written notice, naive maybe but I thought I was just declaring my intentions!