This is for those of us who are longer in the tooth. What prompted it was seeing all the shiny Teach First faces at a local Uni where I now invigilate. I felt like shouting 'Don't do it!!' There are far too many sticks and not many carrots in teaching. I would actively dissuade anyone from joining the profession nowadays. We all know the negatives, but what were the crucial policies that led to the current parlous state of the profession? Ending LEA control, Ofsted, league tables, academisation, performance management, Gove? I don't believe there was ever a Golden Age but conditions were never this bad nor were teachers so powerless to effect changescto better their lot.