When I worked in the world of business I was treated as a professional - but as a part-time teacher - no, no, no. I never had my wages stopped when I had a break outside of teaching. I had to pay for a key to get into the staffroom in order to get my coat after evening classes. That would not have happened outside of a college. Neither would buying your own materials in order to do your job have happened outside of the classroom - - - or your employer not contributing to your pension etc etc I could go on. Teachers went into FE with good experience in their work in the outside world in order to pass on our skills and experience to help youngsters, not to be treated as less than human. The students didn't do this though and would have been shocked to have known of it.