Our department has been through a lot this year, the HOD is retiring and a very young, inexperienced Teacher rapidly promoted to take over. In amongst this our NQT has been told by his Mentor (the incoming HOD) that he is unlikely to meet the standards for QTS by the end of the third term. The head and deputy have pulled him into a meeting and recommended him to hand in his resignation and leave on Friday??!!! The NQT was aware that he is not quite meeting some standards by by general judgement (by colleagues and support staff) he has VASTLY improved and really should be able to pass. From outside it seems very much as though the incoming HOD hasn't the time to support the NQT to pass and SLT have refused to allow anyone else to mentor him. Should he resign with no job to go to and before any outside observations have been made? If he stays how likely is it that he could appeal a third term fail? Union advice is to resign but this seems a standardised response as they haven't had time to review anything. Advice much appreciated!