Having spent over 20 years teaching in the state sector, the ethos and environment has finally become unbearable. It's not the pupils; I teach in a selective school, and they are really great to work with. The total erosion of the professional status of teachers has reached the point that I'm not longer willing to put up with it. There's always some fool with a TLR gazing through the window to ensure there's a learning objective and success criteria written on a PowerPoint. It's like working in Bentham's panoptimun. My belief is that teachers have much more autonomy in independent schools and that the experience is much more dignified. Would those working in the sector agree, or am I fooling myself?