Yes, it totally depends on the school, and the job role. I've worked in 8+ schools (not including supply), some for longer than others. Loved some, hated some. Some of those I didn't enjoy as much were 'good' schools. Some of those I liked most were 'special measures' when I joined them. But I left teaching in a mainstream school because, amongst other contributors to my stress levels, I felt the same about teaching & crowd control, and had no intentions of continuing teaching. I too work in a small school for students with SEBD. Managing children's behaviour and crowd control are two different things. Our students' behaviour is far from perfect, but helping students learn to manage their behaviour can be very rewarding. In a small setting like ours, it's not about crowd control, it's about individualised learning; you get to teach and help the students manage their behaviour. Like rustyfeathers, I enjoy my job now, and I would not want to go back to mainstream. That's not to say a school like this would suit all teachers, but, yes, it sounds like it's time for you to move on and find a school that suits you as a teacher. Good luck in finding one, br0wnsugar!