Have really enjoyed reading the forums since I received news of my enhancement from the local authority. I have been teaching since 1977, at current school since 1979, Principal Teacher of Technical since early 1990 (in an acting capacity to start.) Head of Faculty since mid 2000s Love teaching, fed up with SQA and management speak. Our school/local authority are reviewing management structure and cutting the number of middle management posts by creating large faculties led by one Principal Teacher. I think I would have retired anyway as I no longer have the energy and could not face taking on faculty responsibilities but the enhancement from the local authority made my decision for me. I have felt like a dinosaur since our new HT was appointed. I cant deal with all the jargon and the extra rubbish that is being pushed onto teachers. I try to protect the staff in my departments from SMT and their new initiatives but the fight is becoming harder. I will miss the job, especially as I am a widow whose children have flown the nest to foreign climes. Financially I am fine. Savings, insurance from late wife, no mortgage, lump sum and pension. Just scared how I will spend my days now. I plan to visit my children for extended holidays but apart from that it will just be walks and time in the garden. I plan to downsize so will pick somewhere with nice scenery and a nice sized garden.