Good morning all, I'll try to keep this brief. Need advice and some positivity (if possible!). I'm a primary school teacher and middle leader. I've been a teacher for 6 years after changing careers from sales and marketing. Like all teachers, love my job but hate the workload. This past year, I was doing a 70 hour week. I did it because I felt valued and I was making a difference. Then lock down happened. I became the temporary workplace union rep and I couldn't go back to school for keyworkers due to my asthma (DHT made that call although I offered to go in). Suddenly, I was not part of staff communications. It seemed it was thought I was having a jolly at home, despite having a truckload of admin and future planning to work through, with 3 children to home school too. I talked to my HT and said I was finding the isolation at home challenging. I'm a single parent with no family in the area. My work has been completed ahead of schedule, to a high standard and I've been available as technical support for parents 9-5. However, I've had 3 phone calls from HT since lock down. I've been asked not to bother calling in to staff meetings held on site, as it's only for those who are in school (I. E everyone else), even though I've expressed that it would help me to feel part of the team. I began to realise, I'm only valued as a minion, not as a person. 70+ hours a week, losing my free time and time with my family, and then, when I'm not seen as any use to the school, it feels like I've been dropped. So, I resigned at half term. I didn't state the reason above. I said that I felt like I needed a breather from teaching and to decide my 'next steps'. As you can imagine, the silence has been even worse since. I found out that my class will be invited back for a day next week as a transition to close off this school year. I would love to see them. But the school haven't told me about it. That kills me! I love that class and been in constant contact over lock down. So, firstly, I take this as proof that I was right to resign. I am clearly not valued as a person. But my question is: what to do at the exit interview (if I get one?). Clearly, I need a good reference. But I also understand that it is there to help retain staff in the future. I need to spin it positively, without grumbling. Should I even bother explaining how this lack of communication was the catalyst for the resignation? Do I mention the impact of working hours on my family (the phrase, 'that's just what you have to expect from teaching' is always touted). Or do I smile sweetly, stick with the bland excuse of wanting a break and move on quietly? Any thoughts would be appreciated.