A really interesting thread. My experience is similar to many on here- drained, burnt out and bitter I 'left' nearly 3 years ago, but ended up doing some supply, then changing from primary to secondary and I love it! It has nothing to do with where I was or where I am now, but with my own perspective. Time away from things and supply teaching made me change my opinion of what good teaching, good schools etc really look like. I am very cynical over 'grades' and hoop jumping, and I no longer feel a desperate need to please. I do still work hard, but my focus has returned to the children rather than those above me, I'm selective in where I focus my attention and I stay out of drama. I no longer strive for pay progression or leadership, and am happy just being a good teacher, and as a result my lessons and books are the best they have ever been!