It has taken me a long time to realise this. I had been looking at other career options after being thoroughly miserable in my NQT post. However, it has really hit home now that it is not the teaching I dislike, it is the school. I listed all the reasons I hate my job. Reasons were along the lines of....little NQT support, unfriendly colleagues and low morale/lots of bitching, feeling isolated and not part of the school, having very difficult classes and a classroom that is not fit for purpose (e.g. not enough computers for kids which are needed for coursework, not even enough tables for my class size-they are squeezed in). Having a rather nasty hod who I never see. Not one of the reasons is about the teaching side, the planning side or the marking etc. My contract is maternity and I am starting to embrace this. It means that I can seek alternative employment without it being questioned. My school have offered me a part time permanent post and while some may say it is silly to decline, I am going to because the school isn't right for me and part time hours are not enough for me anyway. I love my PGCE placements and really hope I'll be fortunate enough to secure a future teaching post in a school I feel part of. I know there are many other NQTs that feel the same way. Think about the reasons you want to quit your school before turning your back on teaching. Is it the teaching side you hate or the school?