Hey.. I'm an NQT who started teaching a mixed year 5 and 6 class from the October half term. I was pre-warned on interview that my school was due to have Ofsted any time, and would probably fail due to the poor SATs results over a number of years. Consequently, we had Ofsted 2 weeks before Christmas (approx 4 weeks after I started). We were put into special measures. As a result, my school has been paired with an outstanding "link school" and we have had several teachers, the SENCO, senior management and another Head assisting and coming in to give us guidance. My mentor is my Head teacher. We recently attended our first mentor-nqt meeting where I found out I was supposed to have a mini-review approximately 6 weeks after I started, (which I have not had). "NQT meetings" have varied, sometimes with support from the link school, occasionally with the Head. I have been left to my own devices frequently, as my head has had scheduled meetings with other people during this time. Last week I had my first official review, for my first Assessment form to be completed. My Head initially told me that he would like to grade me a B due to the amount of progress both myself and the children have made, but said that due to the number of targets, a C would be better (which I was still happy with). However, today I was told that my Head had sent my report to be checked by the Head of our link school, who said that due to the amount of support the school is receiving, I could only be awarded a D - which was obviously really upsetting. I questioned this against my progress, (given that I was given a Good rating in my lesson observation last week), but was told it was not due to my progress, but due to the support I had received. I am very worried; does this mean that if the level of support doesn't lessen enough by the time of my next review, I will be awarded another D, due to the level of support still? Does anyone have any advice please? I work extremely hard, am in school for at least 10/11 hours a day working, as well as working during the evenings and weekends, so this is obviously a massive kick in the teeth. I have also held 3 parents meetings and have now been observed 5 times since I started (I am now in week 12!) and am due to have another observation on Thursday. Is there any way I can fight this decision? Does this mean that whilst my school is in special measures I will not be able to have higher than a grade D because of the support given to my school?