Just heard last month that I've been accepted for Voluntary redundancy. 6 of us are going. Been 34 years in the same school and I'm starting to realise things like the last Easter concert, the last time I'll teach a particular topic, heading for my last end of term, my last few weeks of A level teaching. Seems strange and a little daunting. Will I cope? Have I done the right thing. What will September bring? Can I get through all the retirement "dos" that are inevitable. Can you do a retirement speech on Valium? Not looking forward to them as I am not good talking about myself and know I will choke up at some point. I met my wife at the school, my children attended the school. It's going to be a big wrench. Any advice out there?