Hi all, I'm currently in my final stages of teacher training (ICT & Computing) at a secondary in a challenging area. Before I started my training, I was a TA for challenging students and students with SEN. I loved what I did and I found the TA work extremely rewarding but it wasn't enough to pay the bills. I had my mind set on being a teacher since I was in high school myself and in January of this year I began my ITT. I love teaching, the majority of my students from both KS3/4 are making the expected progress and when I am in the class - I am happy. However, as soon as I am not teaching my mood changes and I am bored. I feel wasted when I am not teaching/helping students. My mentor says that my own resources are second to none and I recently scored a Good in the first official obs of 16/17. But unfortunately I still feel as though I am wasted. Through teaching, I have realised that I love working with children and most of all, I am able to get through to the students whom most teachers would deem challenging. I am great at building rapport with those types of students - the ones who have generally poor BfL, who come from a broken home, who are basically hard-work. I come from the same area where the school is located. I grew up down the road and - the school I am teaching in is the school I went to! I can relate to the students who are going through difficult situations. I can seek out hidden issues and I am good at bringing out the voice of those who would normally remain quiet. The most important thing I have noticed is - the students can identify with me. I report at least 3 times as many safeguarding issues than my colleagues. Students can confide in me and they have a level of trust in me that they don't even have with Family Support workers based at the school! I feel as though I am a good teacher, but I genuinely believe that I could be a better support worker. I'm just lost as to what to do. Would it be an injustice for me to carry on as a teacher when I could be helping the youth of an area branded 'deprived' by the media/authorities? The ideal person to give me advice would be someone who has made the transition between teacher and mentor/support worker. (Long shot ay) Thanks guys.