Some details have been changed. I work in a large primary school - 4 form entry- in a small rural town. Last weds was my birthday, but i spent the evening searching the internet for ways to kill myself that wouldn't be too messy. I had had a complete breakdown. Earlier that day a child hit me round the head with one of those long wooden metre rulers. He had already thrown his shoes at me and a wooden box. It was all just too much. SLT came to help but non-one even asked if i was ok and i feel that this is now the culture in the school - that hitting staff has become a normal thing. I am signed off with WRS till November, but know that I do not wish to go back. So firstly, have attacks on staff become normal everywhere? Are there schools where this kind of thing is still taken seriously? I know the child is not to blame for his behaviour and i followed school policy closely in dealing with the situation. How do I get out of having to go back? I have read about an agreement you can make with the school to end your contract, does anyone have more info on this? i should add I had been feeling unhappy for months and this incident was just the culmination of several months of stress.