Dear Theo, A Happy New Year to you! I am about to let my school know that I am not renewing my contract beyond this academic year. The main reasons are personal (as a family we want to relocate, and I am also changing careers, so I will not even be applying for other teaching jobs or even need a reference); however what makes the decision even easier is that the new management are taking the school completely in the wrong direction, on an astronomical level - and I mean, I see this from the detached point of view of someone who has known since July that they will be leaving, and I still think it's baffling and sad, how they are destroying good teaching and learning. I feel that I should mention my opinion in my letter - I am truthful most of the time - because someone has to tell them; most other staff who are not completely spineless just whisper about it behind their backs. The chances of a wake up call working on them are slim, but still , is it wrong to want to say something? And if it's not wrong, should I say it in my non-renewal letter? The head is in his first year and socially awkward and I believe it's possible he might be absolutely blind to how wrong his decisions are... He doesn't seem to actually hear the enormities he says most of the time. Everything here is done in such a casual (unprofessional?) way that I don't even know if I need to write a letter, but we have to 'let them know' of our decision this week. Shall I: 1) just tell them I'm leaving orally and not waste my time, and just say I'm moving and changing careers 2) write a letter in which I mention how I think they're running the school into the grounds 3) write a very short letter just to say I am not renewing 4) either 1 or 3 and then write a separate letter with my views in June, just before I leave, so they know it's my opinion regardless of whether I work here or not? And then it can also be addressed to the governors? Seriously, it's sad - if things happen as they want them to, the students are going to learn very little from under-qualified, inexperienced, exploited teachers in no time... Obviously my friends might say "why do you even care, you're leaving and whatever generations of young people and staff suffer in future years is nothing to do with you..."... but I still feel it is almost my moral duty to say something! Thank you for whatever advice you might have.