first up, i'm not a sponger who wants to, or has ever, lived off the state....... I DO have serious back issues and after 10 years teaching I just physically cant keep at it much longer. I cant walk more than 20 yards without a stick and I hobble round the place doing my best, but I realise (duh) that being loaded with painkillers isn't a good isea in a classroom, much less a D&T workshop..... the only time I've taken off was the day after I had spinal injections and my legs weren't working the best....... there aren't any straight forward redundancies available and my HOD is ahead of me in the que for a transfer redundancy. so, to get out on the sick...... I know I'll get 6 months full pay and 6 on half. is there a severance payment? how would pension work? it there any point? I know that the Dr will write me the sick notes as HE knows I'm not a sponger, but would it be to my advantage to get out as sick or just resign and walk away? Thanks!