We all judge teachers on our experience when we were at school, the hours and holidays etc. Yes, it used to be a really good job, with great holidays that I used to build a house. That has all changed now with the National Curriculum and Academy schools. The workload has increased, as has class size, the introduction of classroom assistants has placed additional demands on teachers and the holidays have been cut drastically. The time the kids spend in school bears no resemblance to the time spent by the teacher administering the learning process. I used to be a college lecturer, it was at time difficult and stressful, that's OK I don't expect sympathy or for all of you to understand, I would not consider a career in teaching as the system currently stands.