I was eight weeks away from finishing my PGCE course at a respectable institution in London, when I decided to throw the towel in. Why? Well, I was placed in a failing school with a teacher, who failed her Mock Ofsted and children that had severe psychological and emotional needs. This combined with an overwhelming workload led me to my decision to withdraw from the course. I am now happily tutoring, earning more money than I would have done as a teacher in a school. I work fifteen hours a week, doing very little planning and with almost no stress. I never plan to go back and for not one second do I regret my decision. I am interested to find out about other people who are in a similiar position, earning their income from tutoring alone. I believe that this is a great alternative to teaching in a school and a complementary means of education for children at school - boosting their self esteem, aspirations for the future and confidence in their learning.