Hi guys, first time poster and desperate for career advice. Outline of career so far: High achieving, successful Academy Chain School London: 1 year TA - Year 1 After PGCE: 2 years Year 3 teacher (LOVED working here, driven staff, outstanding leadership, real sense of growth and progression) International School (hated it, staff had no drive, did boring lessons, lazy staff in primary section) 1 Year - Year 6 Same academy chain, different school London: First Year, head of primary science (no real responsibility, completely micromanaged, rigor WAY too much for children, no soul) year 3 Second Year, still science lead, Year 3 left at Easter. First proper London State School: April - July - Maternity cover, Year 5, September - till now, Year 3, Learning beyond the classroom lead. options: stay at current state school, Want to ask for year 6 and head of English. So far, in my current state school, it’s laughable how poorly managed it is compared to the academy chain I’ve worked for. No visible leadership, hardly any SEN support (current class is about 25% and wildly different), a head of school, an executive head and a head teacher none of whom run any assemblies, all of which are scared of parents. Attendance and punctuality for my cohort is ridiculous yet safeguarding lead/attendance officer does nothing. Year 6 is a different area altogether (children split into 3 classes of 20, best TAs in the school to support, are never disturbed) which feels like a private school. I thrive when there is real teamwork and sense of shared values and vision. With the current situation, I know recruitment is up in the air but I’m desperate to be anywhere else, however I don’t want to make the same mistake and end up somewhere else that I hate. I’m looking at independent schools but the place where I started my career is recruiting and I’m tempted to run back (which, career wise, might be a backward step, if not definitely a side step.) Reading that back, the choice seems obvious: anywhere but where I am now. It would be good to hear however if anyone has been in a similar situation?