Teachers giving up. Yes, I've been teaching almost 25 years but am definitely going end of this academic year. And it's not the teaching...........it's all the C>R A>P that goes with like playing the data game last week and fixing data to look better than it is, AKA making it up! Pointless data. Pointless meetings. Pointless observations. Learning bloody walks. Work scrutinies. And after all that it's still my fault if career truant and 'no pen, no book, no work' Dwayne fails to get a grade 9 in his GCSE, when I'd do handstands if he managed to turn up to the exam! And it's not just me. Spent the weekend with lots of lovely friends and family and this is the situation: 1. Good friend who is an excellent teacher took early retirement a few years ago as had enough of the C>R>A>P 2. Another good friend and excellent teacher took early retirement following capability which was unfounded and simply bullying. 3. My SiL. Primary school teacher. Gave up last December. Not the teaching. Not the kids but the C>R>A>P 4. Son of my BF from Uni. Just 27 and a primary school teacher on the cusp of a glittering career. He gave it up and is retraining as a Quantity Surveyor. Loves it as no C>R>A>P 5. Me. A level expert and examiner. Shortage subject. HAD ENOUGH. In fact, just one teacher in my gathering who is still teaching. How anyone can say there is no shortage and nothing is wrong with schools/education/teaching baffles me. Cited above are 5 losses to the profession......and that's just in one social gathering last night. I also know of one colleague in my department who intends to go at Easter.................guess why? When will someone listen and do something about this crisis? When? Or is it too late?