I work as a cover supervisor in a secondary school (I used to do supply but there isn't enough now to live on.) Although the pay isn't great I have the advantage of going home when the bell goes. I take my hat off to all you teachers, especially those bringing up a family too - two of the most difficult (but rewarding) jobs in the world. TBH though I'm still not looking forward to going back, though I know it'll be OK when once I get into the swing of things. Sari - I couldn't have put it better, that's exactly how I feel.