Many people will have seen my posts over the last few weeks and while I understand no one can make this decision for me I am feeling overwhelmed. I know this week is kind of the 'cut off' point for handing in a resignation. Can I leave during the february half term if I decide to stay or will I be trapped until Easter? Time: I work from about 7am to 8pm each night (yes and Friday) and later, most weekends I also bring work home with me Work: At the moment we have no HoD so a lot of work is falling on me which should improve when we get one but that won't be until after christmas Expectations: I feel so stressed about the work that the students have to produce for a new course and I don't feel like I'm coping with it; mainly at A-level and GCSE but also the amount of pressure that even seems to be building at KS3. Family: I'm not maried and I don't have any children but I deeply miss my parents who live 4 hours away and I only get to see each half term for a few days. Teaching: The only part I love, the kids are amazing, but it's one of the very few perks Department: I don't feel like I fit in Pay: Last week I worked 65 hours; I take less than £400 a week after taxes. The risk: Handing in my notice this week with no job to walk into at Christmas. Is it worth it or should I shut up and put up? Basically I feel stressed, overwhelmed and basically like I can't cope. I'm good at what I do but this profession will rip you to shreads at any point it can. If it's not your colleagues being overworked and dragging you down, it's SLT telling you more more more, and then the news and government undermining it even more. No wonder the teaching profession is going down the hill. What I'm most angry about is ofsted. A two day visit can put stress on staff for MONTHS. We're due an ofsted, it will be my first, and I find it utterly f**king ridiculous how a few people walking into a building, walking around and having an opinion can terrify so many people. Yes it's off the point but this is stupid. I'm sorry for my ranting and I'm sorry that I feel so negative but I am rapidly losing the love I had for my profession.