I really don't know what to do for the best. For ages now, I've tried to put on a brave front with everybody. I think I'm feeling a bit low at the moment because I'm having mad thoughts about giving up teaching and leaving the profession altogether. I just feel so worthless as a teacher. I'm sick of the constant demands that are made of us - monitoring every little thing; observations, drop-ins, book-checks, planner-checks - and still they want more. I feel as though I'm the only one though, out of the department, that always seems to not quite be hitting the mark; always something that I should have done but haven't - even though I spend hours and hours planning and preparing, marking and checking. It's never enough or I've done it wrong. Now it's been decided that because a bunch of kids aren't hitting their FFTs - largely because of their approach, attitude and effort in class - that they will be removed and taken to work with another teacher to intervene. I feel like a complete failure now and this was compounded when I announced the decision to the class -that half of them are being sent to work with the other teacher to help them bring their grades up - and one of the kids said aloud, 'Well at least we'll have a proper teacher now.' This absolutely floored me as I've spent so much time and effort with this student in particular in order to help him improve: revision sessions, after school meetings, phone calls home - he has had more of my time than most but he just nods and says 'yes' but when back in class, reverts to type. I know I shouldn't let this one comment get me down but it has. I really feel that it would be in the kids' best interests if I leave as soon as is possible. I'm gutted and I don't know which way to turn. Has anyone got any advice? Should I stay? Should I leave? I'm just so down, exhausted, constantly crying and I don't know what to do anymore. Please excuse my long post but I really needed to get this off my chest and pride and embarrassment won't let me admit my failures to close family and friends. Sorry everyone.