After a terrible year last year, I considered retiring early. I missed the deadline to hand in my notice (I think I was still undecided and another year would help my pension along). However, I made the decision to make 2015-16 my last year in teaching. For lots of reasons...such as being made redundant from my HOD and being re-instated as a MPG teacher (no redundancy pay), as well as the 'awful' year which involved depression and time off ill. I have made no secret that I intend this year to be my last but have stressed to everyone I am going early. I really do love the teaching and thought, once upon a time, I would continue to teach up to 60 or further. I have not handed in a letter of resignation (who knows what is round the corner?) but fully intend/ed to nearer the time. In my head, September is the time I can do without the alarm and even though I will not have a full pension, I can manage - stress free. I'm 57, UPS 3 and have completed 34 years. I went and told the Head about my plan, that was back in October. I thought it the right thing to do. Now there is a request out to all staff for early retirement, redundancy and part-time work. I am not greedy but exasperated, I took a drop in pay two years ago. A little extra, either as redundancy or in Premature Retirement would have really helped and I think because I have already declared my intention to go early, they do not expect to consider me for ER or redundancy. By doing 'the right thing', I've shot myself in the foot, haven't I?!