Hello So I am about to become a statistic and jump from teaching within the first 5 years. I am fairly decided, and as I figure I am so low down the salary scale that I actually wouldn't be taking a pay cut if I go now, (as I am being held on current level due to below target exam results). I'm starting to look at the logistics. Ideally, now that I've decided, I would want to go at Christmas, but I figure I need time to save some money first to give me a financial buffer. However, am I right in thinking that the resignation deadline for Christmas falls IN half-term (Oct 31st). Would I need to email the Head in half term if I were to decide to go then? Would it be too late if I handed it in on the first monday back? I don't want to do anything before halferm, as I don't get my appraisal until that last day, and I need a few days of clear head space to mull things over. If not, - is it possible to leave Febraury half term? Or can you only leave at the ends of term aka Easter (which I guess I can't really leave at Easter as I would be seen as abandoning my GCSE group and would get an awful reference?) Finally, assuming the likely scenario that I am forced to stick it out until the end of the school year - what would be the logisitcs of starting a new job? Lets say I was very very lucky, and applied for a new non-teaching job in June/July and got offered one, -would I be able to start in August? (as technically I would still be employed by the school until August 31st). Sorry for all the questions - I just want to get a plan in place before I tell the SLT where they can put their Aspirational Targets.