Hello, I'm sad to say I am writing one of the 'leaving teaching' posts and sad to see there are so many! I am in my second year of teaching and have made the decision that this will be my last year. It isn't a decision I have come to lightly! I've had back problems since May this year and I am currently off work due to this. I have been off work since December 9th and my doctor has signed me off until January 31st. I felt massive guilt about this but I physically am unable to work currently and I've gotten over the guilt and am putting myself first! I am a year 5/6 teacher and so have SATS later this year. Ideally I would like to leave at Easter, however this seems 'unfair' as the children have SATS, residential, school play etc. Has anyone been in the position of leaving a year six class mid way through the year? I think I could last until Summer and am aware this may be more beneficial in terms of being paid over the Summer! Also, if I did decide to leave at Easter, will my current absence from school effect that in any way? Thank you for any advice in advance!