.... because I'm counting down to Christmas and semi-retirement / occasional supply in Computer Science / Maths. The last five years have been hell, with an exponential growth in data demands, drawing up individual action plans and tracking hundreds of individual students, justifying everything, expectations of extra lessons outside of the school day to 'help' those who couldn't be bothered to work during class time, dreadful behaviour by increasingly uncontrollable secondary students and an inability to remove the small hardcore of students who destroy everyone else's learning opportunities, additional problems caused by a non-stop stream of non-English speaking students with no additional support resources put in place, endless excessive marking, constant scrutiny and criticism, constant demands by management for more, more, more, unreasonable and unachievable performance management demands and associated evidence collection, constantly tired, working ever-longer in the evenings and weekends and 90% of all the above has absolutely no bearing on anything I do in the classroom. Data collection, for example, and the subsequent data analysis and action plans rarely reflects the reality of where students are yet must take up 10 - 20% of my working week, all done because I have to, not because it's useful. No real pay rise for the last 5 years and difficulty attracting new, permanent staff because of a McSalary so managing a constant stream of supply. An SLT who seem to concentrate on God knows what all the time yet seem unable to understand that the basics like an effective and well-managed behaviour management regime have to be in place and working first. Add to that that my school now looks like a grim, depressing, run-down 1950's set of crumbling buildings that hasn't seen a lick of paint, new carpets or new windows to replace the rotting ones in 20 years, and you realise why teachers are running for the exit faster than their little legs should be able to carry them. What will I miss? If I think of something, I'll post it.