A Reply to ScienceGuy: I was well aware of the pay isuues. But I am also aware that here in London a Tube driver earns more than I do at present. Isn't it silly that teachers don't? If the pay was better then it woudl attract the better graduates into the job. The low pay drives us into the private sector. My point was that even with me dropping the private sector in favour of teaching (not something that most people in a cushy job would even try), after the experiences within teaching and the way you feel "unappreciated" due to the low money (not something I could feel would have been an issue - until I actually tried the job) then it means that I was driven right back into the private sector. A good graduate who gave it a chance and had the governemnt spend apporx £7,000 on me to train to teach - just went right back where he came from due to the experience and actions of the teachers and culture. On the following comment,...... "You also seem to think that being well educated also leads to being a better teacher; more qualifications mean you understand your subject better but not that you can communicate it well." Do you think you are the first to ever say that to me. There in lies the problem. I found that in the job people would say that to try and make themselves feel better as they didn't have such strong and powerful qualifications as me. Their own insecurities leaking out - like as if there is trade off. Great qualifications means not as good a teachers as poor qualifications. I have to say that is utter rubbish and here is why..... If someone has learned and understood mathematcis enough to gain top grades, then they know all the ways to learn that subject successfully - and hence they can pass those things on. I am an excellent communicator. In work, they think it is because of my teaching experience that I am good at presentations and explaining things. But in truth, I was good before I joined teaching. I think you are working to an urban myth to make insecure teachers feel better. I went along with it - just to please them when I worked in schools. But my kids getting above average grades in the sets I too spoke for itself. Plus, the kids knew I was passionate about mathematcis and I wanted them to be the best - like a fotball manager wanting his team to beat the rest - and it spured them on. I was sad to leave them - not to leave the adults. Thank you for your well wishes.