I have been teaching for 11 years now and have only just moved to a new school last September after spending 10 years at my first school where I started as a NQT. I have worked my way up through internal promotions as a head of year etc. and also completed my AST qualification a few years ago. I left my old school for various reasons, I was deeply unhappy and felt I had been overlooked as the 'face didn't fit'. Now I find myself 8 months in to a new job as SENCo (2nd year in the role, did 1 year at old school) and in a similar situation that I am deeply unhappy again. I love teaching and my passion for my subject in the classroom carries on and I know it's not that I don't want to teach anymore but I don't want the extra responsibility. Being a HoY, SENCo even more so, has been incredibly challenging and I have learnt so much but I feel it has been at the detriment of my mental wellbeing so to speak. I have sacrificed a lot in my personal life and now have the realisation I am doing a job I do not want to do. There is no scope to step down at my current school but my question would be am I mad to 'give up' 11 years of working my backside off to progress and apply for a classroom teacher post??? Any advice welcome. Has anyone done this?