After much thought, I think the time has come to proceed with my exit plan and leave full-time teaching. To give some background, I am a main scale primary school teacher of a few years experience. (Prior to my life as a teacher, I did a range of other education related jobs.) Initially, I undertook a few long-term supply positions successfully before moving on to my first permanent position. Although my first year was fine, we have been Ofsteded and everything has piled pressure wise. To put it frankly, I am unable to keep up and have been put on a ‘support plan’. This is fundamentally down to me being reluctant (and sometimes unable) to put the hours in during the evening/weekend. The support plan seems reasonable enough - I have been following the advice given - and the Head has been supportive – but if I don’t succeed, then capability would be next and I am obviously keen to avoid this. So with increasing expectations for me to keep up and improve – which seems can only be done by working over large chunks of the weekend or evenings – something which I am finding increasingly hard to do - then the time seems to have come to move on. Additionally, health wise, I’m increasingly disliking going to work, feeling anxious, not ‘switching off’ etc and feel that my ‘mojo’ has gone from teaching and my confidence is low. I still like the teaching bit but it’s all the other stuff that surrounds it that I increasingly dislike. Having suffered from WRS in a previous, non-teaching role many moons ago, so I am well aware of what that feels like, so I want to make sure I don’t end up in the same situation again. I want to act BEFORE I end up in the same situation as many of the poor folks I see posting on these threads (thank god for the good advice and support they are given on these forums.) It would be nice if I could leave before I end up demoralised, unwell or disillusioned with teaching etc My partner is supportive of this. For various reasons, at this stage in our life, it would actually be better if I was working several part-time jobs of varied hours (including part-time teaching/day to day supply, tutoring etc) so I could be home during the daytime more. The idea excites me as I might well be able keep an aspect of teaching whilst also having the time and energy to switch off mentally and not constantly be thinking about teaching all the time. This seems like a sensible way to stay in education whilst also having a chance of a healthy work/life balance. We have worked out our budgets and seeing as I’m not far up the teaching pay scale anyway, we can afford for me to switch to this style of working. I am going to start to apply for jobs this week and it feels right to inform the Head of my intentions and if necessary formally hand in my resignation to leave at Easter. Thus far, the working relationship with my Head has been good and I am keen to maintain this by being as transparent as possible. Furthermore, my fear is if the Head doesn’t know, then a job reference for me will suddenly pop into her email box! (I know you can tick the ‘don’t contact present employer’ box on application forms but I don’t trust that an error wouldn’t occur!) Also, by informing them of my intentions, I am hoping it will take the pressure off regarding the ‘support plan’ – not a lot of point with going down that route if I am leaving anyway. Any thoughts or feedback most welcome. It would be good to get others perspectives on this!