* Where do you think you should be, if not a bit ahead of yourself? You're a newly qualified teacher but you've convinced everyone that you're competent - you were given responsibility last year and coped well enough with that to be offered a job. The downside is that your colleagues may feel that it's no longer appropriate to treat you with kid gloves and you're getting the kind of directness they would offer a more seasoned teacher. If what you're really saying is that you want the kind of support and attention that is your due as an NQT, then say that to your mentor. The wheel that doesn't squeak rarely gets the oil.