Agreed PF. There is a darkside to all phases of education. I agree whole heartedly with all the lovely things that have been said about teaching in Primary, but It has as many 'negatives' as teaching Secondary. Sorry, I'm lowering the mood. I loved the fact that each year I would know 30 kids better than their parents and be able to control a class with the simple raising of an eyebrow or by simply walking into a classroom. I loved the look of suprise on their faces when I bumped into them in Tescos (or indeed any other major super market) and they would marvel at the fact that I had to by loo roll. I love the fact that I still go into Tescos (or any other major super market) and occasionally meet them behind the till and they tell me that they have got a place at university - and that I was their favourite teacher (due to my **** jokes!!). On the last occasion that this happened, I was buying 200 Marlbro lights !!