Hi I've been teaching for 15yrs, and I've been in my current school for nearly ten years. I am lucky to work part-time but I have had enough of school politics and departmental put-downs. I love the school and I love the kids; I enjoy teaching but I hate marking and all the extra, unnecessary paperwork. However, I have tried to leave the school; I've applied for full-time jobs, I've tried the private sector, but what it all boils down to, is pay and experience. I'm UPS 2 and I'm only looking for a classroom teaching post. I'm too expensive. So, where do I go next? Before I drown my tears in yet another glass of wine, with the whole trepidation of going into work, I have decided to hand in my notice at half-term, with the intention of leaving at Christmas. My question: is doing supply work as hard as it seems? I have read other threads on here, and I can see permanent teachers putting down those who do supply; as if it is giving up, and therefore shouldn't get paid a decent amount. However, I need to work; I've got three kids under 10yrs so I'm thinking supply is my only way forward for the time being, as part-time jobs don't seem to be available. I have no idea what else I can do and I feel like I'm floundering a little (indeed, look at the waffle I've just written - apologies!). I was thinking of trying to last the year, but I don't actually think I can. I'm slowly sinking into a depression, and rather than get signed off work, I think it would be better to make a clean break so that my CV/reputation is (relatively) in tact. Any advice/reassuring words would be greatly appreciated. And tips on how to write a decent resignation letter without falling apart would be appreciated too! Many thanks. PS Sorry the long-winded moan; got a bit carried away!