I have been a Primary TA for 5 years, after a career change in my mid-30s. I’m leaving at the end of term to do a full time Primary PGCE. Which I THOUGHT I wanted to do because although I love my job I want more responsibility and, let’s face it, more money. Loads of teachers encouraged me to apply, I asked about ten for advice, especially those who came to it later. But since I announced I was leaving, so many people have asked if I’m mad, and asking if I realise how much harder it is to be a teacher than a TA. I thought I did, now getting worried. I love my school and my job but I also don’t want to do it forever. And we don’t have HLTAs so there’s no compromise available. I have actually had abuse online because I commented how education was much more rewarding than my last career and three people essentially said I was clueless and likely to fail. None of them had ever done anything other than teach but assumed that there was literally no harder job in the world, and one said “Another TA who thinks they know better”. I have already handed my notice in so it’s a done deal, but please, someone, anyone, reassure me that the jump from TA to teacher can work out?