Hi, I have determined to take ARB for all the usual reasons. I've worked for 32 years, mostly for the same LEA, and just feel as if I've had enough - not of the kids, or of teaching my subject, but of ridiculous amounts of data, target-setting and other admin which is designed not to help the kids learn, but to cover the backs of the SMT. I loathe the way tha................ no, I must stop myself from going in to a major rant about what I hate about what education has become these days ........... a statistics-driven, bullying culture of micro-management! My question is this. I will be 56 on 6th September, a few days, obviously, after the start of the new year. Will it make that much difference if I go, aged 55 and 11 months, at the end of this academic year, rather than at 56? And if it should be that it would be better to go at 56, will I have to do a whole term and retire at Christmas? I suppose I could just about bear to do that, although my heart sinks in to my boots at the thought!