Has anyone out there actually asked for a sabbatical? I am a very jaded teacher and am thinking of asking my Head for 6 months off. A change of direction and some breathing space for a while might just keep me in the profession until I retire in about 10 years. I am just starting my 25th year of teaching. The alternative - carrying on as I am for another 10 years without a break - getting older and more exhausted - is unthinkable. Any advice from anyone would be very welcome.