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Want to quit NOW

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by hrcteach, Sep 24, 2019.

  1. hrcteach

    hrcteach New commenter

    I've only just started but I feel like I literally cannot bear teaching another day. I'm in tears every Sunday, I throw up every morning with anxiety. I literally cannot eat lunch and have lost weight as a result. Teaching is just not for me.

    I've made the decision to hand my notice in October half term. But what do I do until Christmas? It it acceptable to look for a new job? Can I request to be let out of contract due to the effect on my mental health?
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  2. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Sorry you are feeling like this. You must speak to your mentor or the help line. Can you identify what is causing such anxiety?
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  3. 50sman

    50sman Lead commenter

    Handing in notice at October half term means you will work until Christmas

    You can look for any other job you want at any t8me - even today!

    The downside is you cannot start it until January 1st

    Having said that depending upon the school and the head they may wave this.

    Look at your contract and talk to your union - good luck!I
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  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Go and see your GP. If you are throwing up, that is your body trying to tell you that you're not well. It sounds like you may need to be signed off to allow you to regain your health enough to make decisions.

    "Literally cannot eat lunch" - if that's "too busy", then something has to change. You are entitled to a lunch break, and you should prioritise that. If it's more a case of how you feel, see my first paragraph.

    If you are signed off, allow a little time before making any decisions - you have until 31st October to resign, and it may be that after some rest and getting things in perspective, you feel a little better about things. (Probably relatively unlikely, but even so, there's no rush.)

    If you do come to the conclusion that you definitely want out, you resign with effect from 31st December (and assume that while you are still feeling terrible, you will be signed off, and that if you feel better enough to return you will at least be able to tick off the days until the end). However if you wanted, you could add "I would be willing to discuss earlier release from the contract if this would suit the school." That opens the way for them to release you early - which might suit them as then they can get on and make a permanent replacement.

    If you're an NQT under normal pay and conditions, you get up to 25 working days sick pay. You can start looking for jobs to start after Christmas as soon as you like, but if they do agree to release you early, that means you can look for things which start earlier. The down side of being released early is sometimes that having a non-standard leaving date on your employment history can look worrying - but I don't think leaving an NQT post after one term looks much different to leaving after half a term - it's going to be clear it didn't work out.
  5. laalaa_22

    laalaa_22 New commenter

    I'd like to send a private message - is that possible on here? I am in a similar situation to yours hrcteach….unfortunately!
  6. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    Speak to your HT and ask to be released from your contract early. Find a kinder school.
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  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    technically you work until Christmas.

    but in practice many teachers leave mid term

    why would your school want you there until Christmas in this state? They may well agree to release you from their contract.

    If they don't, go to your GP. You are not well enough to teach, you shouldn't have any difficulty getting signed off

    Well done for having the strength to get out now. So many people get swept along reluctantly, then entrenched for years, and the longer you stay the harder it is to leave.
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  8. vhsemper

    vhsemper New commenter

    I hope you got things sorted. I was in exactly the same situation as you described and I decided to resign before Christmas. These threads have kept me going as i felt so alone and like I'd failed so it was comforting to know I'm not the only one. I have 2 interviews lined up for non-teaching roles as I still cannot bear the idea of this happening again in another school. Hope you got things sorted?
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  9. hrcteach

    hrcteach New commenter

    Thank you for your reply, this forum has helped me so much too! I resigned and requested to leave early under mutual agreement. They let me leave as they could see how much I was struggling.

    I've never felt better, and smiled for the first time in months when I left. I've found a non-teaching job, but I have found the skills from my PGCE really helped in getting it!

    Good luck with your job interviews. We are doing the right thing for us!
    Shedman, vhsemper and agathamorse like this.
  10. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Thank you for updating us. Its lovely to hear you are out and have found a different career route, and things are working out well for you x
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  11. vhsemper

    vhsemper New commenter

    I'm really pleased the school released you early and you've managed to start somewhere new so soon. I know how you feel about smiling when it's finally over because it is such a weight off your shoulders when you're free! I'll never forget how horrible the experience was, but I know it's made me stronger!

    Thank you got your well wishes for the interviews, I'm finally feeling positive with belief in myself again. Best of luck for the future.
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