I’m with @50sman on this. One last contribution from me (like Frank Sinatra’s third, final farewell tour). I mentioned leaving a financial services job because of the stress to say that we’re not alone (not sure how @Mrsmumbles made the leap to N. Korea and Mugabe, but no worries) BUT the point here might go some way to understanding the unacceptable state that some find themselves in. My financial services experience was in the 90s. It was brutal. Two consecutive months of missed targets and you were gone**. I quit because of the target driven ethos imposed by managers who could not see past the bottom line. I went back into teaching to escape this environment. It’s alarming to see this type of approach appearing in some schools. What might fit a cutthroat sales world cannot possibly work in education. But it seems that some think it will and they’re doing their best to ensure it does but without appropriate skills and humility.This is why colleagues like @Mrsmumbles and a lot on WD have been treated disgracefully. Another point is that teachers of my vintage didn’t sign up for performance pay, learning walks and graded lesson observations. This is probably the reason the stats posted above show a drop in older teachers still in school. When I went into the sales job I knew exactly what to expect so can have no complaints. Different. It is good to read posts from colleagues who don’t see this in schools. Most of the schools I work with are decent places with caring staff at all levels. Let’s build on this. To those who are having a bad time: I wish you well and hope things improve for you. I’m out. ** reluctant to mention this in case some bright spark thinks it’s a good idea!