Okay, not sure if this is the right place to post this but any thoughts would be most welcome. I've been teaching English for 4 years now, 2 years in Bath and 2 years now in London. I want to become an AST - I am not interested in becoming HOD or the pastoral side I just want to be a really excellent teacher. My current school is not awful but I feel I have been pigeon-holed into teaching bottom sets. I have been given set 6 GCSE (which is bottom set) both this year and last - with the comments of 'you are so good with them'. My HOD has promised that it will be better next year but I don't really trust them. I have bottom sets in years 7 and 8 and a middle ability year 9. I teach one period of Year 12 Literature (which is understandably the highlight of my timetable). I don't really get on with my HOD which I think has made things difficult for me this year. They are unwilling to listen or take on board ideas - insisting that the way they have done things in the past has got the C-grades so there is no reason to change it. We entered Year 10 for early entry exams this year and the results were low, I suggested that my set should be entered next year when their writing style had developed but this was shot down. To summarise it has reached the point where I don't really want to work there next year, however I have been applying for jobs (over 10 applications now) and I have not even been short-listed. This was not a problem two years ago as I was shortlisted for pretty much every application I made. Is this because I am too expensive now? Are schools not looking for experience? Am I foolish to hand my notice in on the 28th May without a job to go to? Will I be considered amongst the NQTs or will this look odd? Also if this fails, could I do something else for a year and come back to teaching? Will this also look odd? I want to teach - I love teaching the students, it's just the adults that I think have ground me down. Great work if you have read this far! Any advice is gratefully received.