Good for you indeed! There's always a way. I think many people just drop into teaching still, since they can't find a job in their chosen field and for women especially, it gives them time off with their kids at holiday time...... sad and cynical, but true. Teaching is no longer a true vocation; numerous governments have seen to that. Young teachers aren't given time to explore and experience teaching subject matter thoroughly enough before they're laden with 'head of subject' and middle management positions. Unfortunately, this has been taken as read for years now and teachers are pressurised from the outset. Many move up the ladder too quickly and are ill-equipped to deal with people in general (saying that, many are very good and born teachers and/or administrators!) Feeling pressurised themselves, they reach their limit as in any job, but then start delegating downwards with areas of their work they don't want to tackle themselves or don't have time to do. Everyone is pressurised as a consequence and this affects the children greatly and the general atmosphere of the school. Only until fairly recently did I realise that teaching also attracts more than its fair share of megalomaniacs, those who were bullied themselves at school and 'want the shoe to be on the other foot' (ie, weak people, sadly, who won't break the cycle) and at worst, paedophiles..... I'm convinced DBS checks are just a money-making game and rarely root out the bad. At the moment, I'm doing a spot of tuition. Gladly, I still have the passion for teaching but I NEVER want to go back into the classroom.