I'm a teacher and I am really struggling to cope with the demands of being in the classroom and having spoken to my head teacher, I have taken the decision to see the GP and plan to take sick leave until my maternity leave starts at 33 weeks. Reasons for me not coping are... exhaustion, struggling to deliver lessons and 'keep on top of the kids' back pain/leg pain when standing other practicalities e.g. bending, picking things up, being uncomfortable coping emotionally with stressful classroom situations I really didn't want to leave earlier than my mat leave start date but I know it's for the best now. I've never seen the doctor for a sick note before and feel bad because I don't actually feel 'ill' as such but I know I can't continue to do my job adequately enough. Did anyone else need to do this and if so, what did you say to the doctor?