Hello everyone, So I quit teaching at the end of the last academic year (I was full time for two years and then did long term supply for 2 years). I went into a completely different career however I don't enjoy my job as much and I find myself really missing teaching. I've kept trying to talk myself out of it. I remember the horrendous hours/never ending work, the ridiculous paperwork, but I also truly miss the idea that I was making a difference in children's lives. I miss being a teacher, as it was something I've always wanted to do from when I was a child. I still feel like I'm a Teacher, it's just part of me. My SO often says that I "loved teaching but hated being a teacher" if that makes sense. Recently I've been thinking about moving into the private sector for smaller class sizes and more job autonomy (this is what I've read based on extensive research). But I would love to hear from teachers still in the profession. Have things eased up at all? Is it the same? And what is private really like? What made me quit was the micromanagement and how they kept piling on pointless extra work to box tick. I don't know if it has changed or if private schools are much different. Any advice would be massively helpful! Please don't sugar coat.