I've recently decided that that's it - handing in my notice in October to finish at Christmas. In nearly 20 years of primary teaching and 16 at the same school, I never thought that I would leave part way through an academic year, but it's what suits ME AND MY FAMILY to go at the end of this calendar year. I've been expected to put the job first on far too many occasions but enough is enough, as they say... I've seen far too many people in my lifetime not actually get to retiring, or even semi-retiring, before either passing on to the other side or be struck down with serious health issues. To say that I've seen the wheel reinvented several times would not be enough - no, I've seen the whole bloody vehicle sorted several times: chassis, body work, engine... You name it it's been changed / modified before the previous initiative(s) have had chance to get off the ground, never mind be evaluated in a sensible or pragmatic way! I used to love going in to work, but it's such a toxic place - for all the usual reasons that you'll see on other retirement threads - that I've just run out of steam / patience with it all. Yes, no doubt my age has got something to do with it: children grown up plus I CAN access my pensions, but I do know that's it's not just 'me' - 8 teachers, out of approx 14 ( we never quite know what our staff numbers should be) have left from between Xmas and now - end of summer term! The staff turm over in recent years has been like this for some time. On occasion, some have left before I'd quite got the hang of their names! I'm 56 years old and have a good pension from a previous 'life' plus the TPS which I do intend to take as well. So, what next? Well, I'm considering a bit of supply (2 to 3 days perhaps), or something completely different... Please share your experiences of leaving at previous Christmases, or your plans to leave - perhaps, with me, THIS Christmas 2019!