Hi everyone, I've had to set up a pseudonym to protect my identity, hence it looks like I've never been a member here before. The title says it all: after 8 years in Inner London schools I am considering leaving teaching altogether. This is after pleas from my new partner, my friends and now my parents. I've spent the 8 years across two schools, the first one incredibly toxic, the second one very supportive. The fact is, however, that my mental health has been utterly ravaged, and the greatest culprits of all are marking and assessment and work scrutiny. Most of my career has been spent with anxiety. I got into teaching to support and nurture children and improve their lives - not have a red pen welded to my fingers. My loved ones are fed up of my moods, my inability to switch off and the fact that I devote almost all of my energy to the job whilst leaving little for them. They've already asked me how many exam papers I will be bringing home at Christmas and the fact they're already dreading that on my behalf because they know they'll hardly see me breaks my heart. The problem is, I have no idea what my next step is beyond the fact that if I don't see another red pen or exercise book again it will be too soon. I want to leave education entirely. I'm in my 30s and my studies, from GCSE through to postgraduate, were all geared around teaching English, so in real-world terms the best thing I have to my name is an English degree. While I did teach some Media Studies in years gone by, I am not formally qualified in it. Any advice would be very gratefully received.