Seems he is at odds with the government over the amount of teachers leaving to work overseas: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35660457 'Sir Michael also said there was a need to "talk up" the profession and highlight the "nobility of teaching" and how it can transform lives' Oh now he says this. It's 3am and I can't sleep. I can't go to work tomorrow because my youngest is poorly and I need to stay home with him. All I can think about is 1) what my Head will be thinking of me and 2) all the work I will try and catch up on during my unexpected 'day off'. Oh, and 3) how much I will need to sort out on my return. I am jealous of those teachers that can leave the UK and work abroad. I have a friend that works in the US and tells me that her Head thinks she and other UK teachers are simply amazing. Here, she was constantly criticized and made to feel rubbish. There, they are desperate to keep her. She's doing nothing differently.She has a class of parents who buy her presents at every opportunity (they have 'Teacher Days' there where the parents club together to buy presents for staff). At Christmas, she received a Tiffany voucher. I don't want Tiffany vouchers. I just want to feel appreciated by those that employ me. Yes, Sir Michael - there is a need to 'talk up' the profession. It needs to start with us.