I have just started my 32nd year teaching Science and Psychology in secondary schools. Despite getting great results this is the first year where I have no A Level even though I was promised a decent slot in Psychology and being part of the Criminology delivery team by the Assistant Head of Post 16. At the end of the last academic year attempts to recruit science teachers were unsuccessful. Aside from other consequences for the institution I now find myself teaching 45 out of 50 1 hour lessons in a week A/B rotation, with 12 different classes (over 350 students) covering all year groups 7-11, each with mandatory admin - annotated seating plans etc and I will be delivering three sciences at GCSE. On top of this are duties (130 minutes across 2 weeks) and Tutor Time with insistence that the role will be rigorously monitored. I have always just got on with the job (last year I had a timetable teaching every lesson in week B - 25/25) but this year just feels like educational shrapnel and I am deployed as little more than a curriculum monkey. Having enquired if this could be changed and being told 'you can always leave' my current mind set is to seek a new workplace for January start teaching A Level or perhaps to take retirement at Christmas - I will be over 58 and it is financially viable. What do my peers think?