This is assuming you have not financially over-committed yourself kids/mortgage/debt. It does work and can be done. The biggest hurdle is the ridiculously long notice period teachers have to give - understandable but still a royal pain in the... SO unless you know people who can give you a job you will have to take the plunge and leave without a job. I would suggest Christmas because Supply is more buoyant. September has been a nightmare so far. How to leave teaching I. 1) Save up at least 3k. 2) Hand in you notice. 3) Apply for jobs in areas where you worked before for those who didn't go straight into teacher. How to leave teaching II (The straight from Uni brigade) 1) Save up at least 4K. 2) Hand in your notice. 3) Go on supply (See number 1 very important). 4) Retrain and get new qualifications whilst on supply. 5) Apply for jobs. Yes it can be done if you really want to. Not all jobs pay less than teachers pay. You're welcome. Good luck.