Hi Everyone, I've reached a stage in my teaching career where the passion and interest has gone; I have to admit, it may be because of the school, I currently work in. I am working in a school where I trained on the job and have been there for the past 5 years teaching KS3 and KS4. We have had a new head in the last 18 months, so the atmosphere at the school has changed, somewhat. This September, I was hoping to have been given the opportunity to teach A Level English, year 12s, only to find that a member of staff, who is less experienced than me, given the opportunity even though, my HOD, states, '..the said person.is likely to go on maternity leave in a year, but ....'. Instead, I was told that as my timetable was 'under', they needed to fill it with me teaching Media, which I am not interested in. The frustrating thing is that my CPD and appraisals all outline my interest in A Level teaching of English and this has been completely ignored. I just feel that my time is up and rather than wait to be pushed out even further, I'd rather take control and leave on my own accord. I had successful year 11 classes achieve their grades, met and surpassed performance management targets and operate tremendous behaviour management strategies in order to gain the most from my pupils, at both KS3/4 but the school I work in, only seem to recognise this when they require a teacher to 'plug gaps' for the more challenging classes other trainee staff cannot handle. We have a high proportion of trainees in a core subject because recruiting more experienced staff is difficult. This email is really about the options out there for someone of my age, looking for a change. (I'm mid 40s). While I don't think age is going to hold me back, I also know that the teaching profession is on a campaign to push out older staff in favour of younger 20 something's who are easier to manipulate in contrast. I am not adverse to part time working and continue to brush up on A level texts. I have had two on-line training sessions, so far relating to the A level syllabus, both specs; read the texts commonly studied and I have also had links with a local school looking at the IB and OCR routes. Also, I would look for a sideways move to be able to have the opportunity to gain more experience and work alongside colleagues getting to grips with A Level English teaching. I was told that teaching A level is for the 'privileged few'. If anyone can give some advice here, I would be grateful. I do think supply teaching could suffice until a role at another school becomes attractive enough to apply for. What are the benefits/pitfalls to look out for/is supply teaching being, 'self-employed'? What about pension contributions etc, how does that get affected? I would like some advice about signing up to agencies and what to be aware of/look out for. Anyone with advice or guidance, I would be very grateful.