I've been reading the thread about feelings about not having to go back to school with envy as I gear up for September 1st. I have taken my Teacher's pension from September whilst continuing to work PT for one more year. I teach three days a week now having stepped down from a SLT post two years ago and have enjoyed the opportunity to simply focus on teaching once more. I'm 56, well on the way to 57, and as Sept 1st approaches I can no longer remember why I didn't just finish in July. But I didn't so... Do I do the year as I have set out to do and as my finances are arranged to do (although it would not be disastrous to finish at Christmas) or do I write my letter and survive the horrid first term by knowing I am finishing? I feel a little guilty at the thought of leaving examination classes (A level specifically) at Christmas but I know I'm not indispensable. Has anybody had a similar experience or any thoughts about finishing at Christmas or in the summer?