I've been working in the international sector for 7 years but am looking to change school (within the same area) as I need a fresh start. By chance, a school I've wanted to work in for a very long time has a post available. I have every confidence in the school as a former colleague (who's very experienced) now works there (if it's good enough for her then I definitely trust it!), and I was also very impressed by the school when I was previously interviewed there a few years ago (didn't have enough experience or a teaching qualification then though!). So I'm not in any way worried about the school itself and would be very happy to work there. I've therefore sent off my application and have fingers crossed. This is despite guilt hitting me like a truck at about 2.00 this morning when I thought about ditching my final-year IB students (clearly midway through all their assessments and exam prep). The job has a January start and I am not convinced that my current school would be able to find someone experienced enough in the IB to replace me in time (they also have a history of just hiring anyone, regardless of experience, no matter how much time they have to recruit, and this is always a risky strategy). What would you do? I know I've applied anyway (I love my students but the management situation in my current school is desperate), and I know that application is a multi-stage process (first you have to get an interview...then you have to get offered the job...and even if you get offered the job you can of course say no...), but I would really like some opinions. Would you ditch your current school mid-year for what are basically your own selfish reasons? How do you decide who is 'number one' when deciding when to look out for (yourself or your students)? Any other thoughts? Thanks.