Thank you for your replies! Gosh, another avenue to investigate... Thanks for the links, I will have a good look. I didn't intend on becoming a teacher, it just happened really and it turned out I'm good at it but I have found myself thinking, pretty much from day one, that this isn't a forever career for me. If there's a lot out there (I haven't really thought about it to be honest!) then maybe I should investigate... Do you know any other ex teachers who miss it? I feel like it might be one of those things where no one really regrets leaving but I sure do love the holidays. The amount of unhappiness I see around me is pretty awful. It's like the people who are left are the last garrison, and they will continue to go over the line at the expense of everything until they literally drop. I feel so bad for the NQTs at my school, three observations already and several 'requires improvements' and they've barely started! I got to train when we still wrote 'good effort' at the end of a piece of work!