Hi everyone, Well, in 2017 after 7 years of teaching, I decided for real that I had definitely had enough. I was burnt out, stuck in a terrible school (failing, awful SMT, violent behaviour from students, no support, no resources...about to become an academy...you know the sort), and I just needed to get out. I had reached the level of subject leader/Co-ordinator, but I couldn’t make the positive changes due to the management issues and internal staffing. It was a shame as I had all the best intentions for my department and the students. So I handed in my notice and got a job ready for as soon as I became free. I went into Sales, and it looked promising and has been fairly positive, but at a huge (£8-10k) detriment to my salary so far. I was prepared for this as I had some savings, but I now resent this because I sit in the office feeling stifled, lacking ambition, and generally hating what I’m doing. I’ve recently started craving the life I once had, albeit a better version! I guess I just really need to know whether it’s worth coming back to teaching. I hear so much from my teacher friends and family, who tell me how tough it still is, the planning, marking, intense scrutiny etc... I just can’t help but think if I got into a decent school, maybe I’d be happier. I need better security than I’m currently getting, and I just want to feel like I’m actually doing something worthwhile. I’m not really a natural salesperson (as in, I care more about people than making money), but I do believe and have been told I’m a natural teacher. I don’t know if I’m just considering going back to something familiar rather than trying something else new, or even doing my best to succeed in my current job (I don’t think it’ll work out for me). If I do try to get back into teaching, how might I do this? Has anybody here successfully done this? How did you justify your career change? How did you top up your knowledge for the classroom? All suggestions and advice welcomed! Thank you everyone!