Took the decision to stop teaching.
It crept up on me, then suddenly I was not teaching any more. The last few years I’ve only taught part-time, and it’s good fun, I like working with young people, but the downsides outweigh the upsides. As a contract teacher I only get paid term-time, which is fine by me, but it reduces the theoretically extra money I get by being a professional, as opposed to being a phone monkey or a van driver, by a quarter, or more like a third allowing for the fact there’s no work in June and July, or in September either.
And the eduction system is broken.
Being part of system that isn’t working, that doesn’t do what it says on the tin, is dishonest. No matter that many schools fail in magnificent, arcane and awe-inspiring, every-child-matters ways, they fail because they’re not doing the job they’re supposed to do, which is to educate young people and prepare them for life.
Anyhow, I’m done with that.
I don’t spend much, I don’t go far, except in my head, or to walk along the Durham and Northumberland coast, so I don’t need to earn too much. Two or three days a week earning minimum wage is enough for me.
The possibilities are finite, but infinitely positive.