I work at an outstanding school, with good kids. My pupils achieve excellent results at GCSE (84% A-C), A level (ALPS score 3) and BTEC (74% D-L2P). Despite all of this, I'm still thinking of getting out of teaching. I can hear scores of teachers in difficult schools lining up to take my place. The continual changes in course specifications and my heads obsession with even better results are slowly grinding me down. This years exam review meetings didn't even include a thank you, just 'you need to get more A* grades'. The expectation is that teachers will do whatever it takes to provide intervention to achieve grades. The schools Performance Related Pay system calls for targets that break all of the union guidance.... I.e. 'students will exceed targets' The MPS has now been changed from 6 bands to 11, with young teachers being expected to be graded as outstanding in order to move up 2 bands (1 on the old system) Teachers on the UPS are clearly too expensive, with teachers being told they may be taken off the UPS if they don't demonstrate a whole school responsibility. We are starting to lose science and maths teachers to schools who pay better, but SMT seem to think people will want to work here as we are an outstanding school. My HoD is being managed out, which basically involves their line manager and SMT picking holes in EVERYTHING they do. They were signed off for several weeks last year and has been told any more time off will result in a written warning. SMT seem to be quite happy destroying the HoD and don't seem too concerned about the physical or mental effects of their actions. All staff have been contacted by unions after the large number of enquiries this year. We have been asked to complete a confidential well being survey, but I doubt it will improve the situation. With the changes this government has brought in to teaching I'm beginning to think that they have destroyed the job I love. IS THERE ANY CHANCE THINGS WILL IMPROVE? Or should I get out now? I'm in my mid forties and can't see myself lasting into my 60s with the way things are. Let's just hope I haven't been out of industry for too long.