Ok, so no job is perfect. I get that. My school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. However, working in the following conditions is not good for my body and certainly not good for my head: no outside breaks at all during the day, no staffroom, no breaks at all without kids around (breakfast and lunch breaks are within lessons with the children), no drinking H2O in classroom (difficult as aforementioned lack of breaks), no toilet breaks (difficult as aforementioned lack of breaks), have to stay until 17:00 hrs every day (apart from Friday – 16:20 hrs) although last lesson finishes at 16:05, no separate staff toilets, a ‘we are all equal’ policy re kids and staff (no we’re not, we are staff and adults). No ‘in office’ work – if we are marking, we have to do it in view of the kids and we WILL be interrupted. That much is clear. Apparently, data is the key to being rated ‘outstanding’. The amount of red and green ink in books is paramount. The fact that you may have less work per lesson in books, but excellent quality German/French/Spanish seems to be secondary. I have spent half my life living in France/Austria/Germany. I am fluent. I studied both languages at university. I know the grammar. I understand the cultures. I know the ways of life inside-out. During my NQT year (last year), I was ‘good’. Suddenly, I am a teacher who ‘requires improvement’. I don’t fully understand why but it seems that there is not enough green pen from the kids (pupils, NOT students). It seems that, although I conduct assessments, there is not enough green pen to indicate when I did what, where and how in the pupils’ books. It seems that I am teaching them ‘properly’ rather than students (pupils) leading the lessons. This does not bode well with SLT. I am leaving the profession. Why? Because the system is ridiculous and I am not putting up with ‘it’. David Cameron visited out school in September and told us that he wants another 500 such schools. I wonder if he would send his kids to an Academy with such working conditions. I wouldn’t. I am leaving because I am worth more than this. I am worth more than GBP 1500/month for 70 hour weeks. Our Director of English has been made my Head of German, in my opinion, so that they don’t have to pay ME for running the department (as I do, as Sole Teacher of German). I feel undervalued. So I am leaving. To the kids I teach, who are learning excellent German, I am sorry. I wish you all the best.