Calling a frog a prince doesn't make the frog a prince, unless the Government give's the frog a big wet kiss first, which isn't going to happen. It's not a profession. It's poorly paid for the vast majority of teachers now, who earn nowhere near the figures quoted by Wilshaw - just look at the job ads in TES for a snapshot of the range of salaries on offer. It's very stressful - many teachers I see are constantly absolutely exhausted, running to stand still against a tide of data requests, intervention plan requests, tracking requests, meeting requests, extra marking requests, requests for books to be presented in certain ways, keeping on top of curriculum changes and so on. It's harmful to your health and well-being. Many teachers I know complain of poor sleep patterns, poor eating habits, having no time for hobbies, having no time for families or socialising, using evenings and weekends and holidays to catch-up with marking, planning and preparation for new courses and demands. You are constantly having to deal with poor behaviour of a small but significant majority of students, who make life hell for everyone, who cannot be touched without huge amounts of evidence collected about them, who slow everyone's learning down, who can threaten teachers and students and get away with it again and again. They wear teachers down, who are often at their wits end wondering how to cope with the next lesson with some of these out-of-control SLT-immune lads and ladettes in. The only happiness I can see is if you are a supply teacher working for yourself. I have earnt around £50K a year for the last few years teaching a shortage subject but have no responsibilities and don't have to assume the position every time a member of SLT comes up with another stupid idea or makes another stupid request. It's marvellous and thoroughly recommended (although I have to confess to going off to China to teach soon - I fancy a few years actually teaching rather than crowd control).