I have been reading all the support out there and I just wanted to say how grateful I am. We are absolutely at the chalkface between poor parenting and all the ills of modern society. I have been teaching for 22 years and it doesn't - although it should - seem to be getting easier. I fear it will get worse in the next 10 years. I can't WAIT to retire although I (madly and not always) still enjoy having a challenging and often rewarding job. We are totally alone in our rooms but I see, through this forum, that we are a huge brotherhood (sisterhood if you prefer) of shared stress, exhaustion and workplace dilemmas. Without the TES advice and support from the likes of "Theogriff" etc I think I could just fade away and forget that I am making a difference and I can FIGHT BACK. Thanks to everyone out there who reads our cries for help, and most importantly empathisises and CARES. I am just back from a Year 11 Certificate Evening. I was their Head of Year for 3 years so I am feeling up-beat and so proud of them. And they were glad to see me. I know that a little bit of me is in all of them. What can be better than that?