Are there any primary school teachers on here? I've been pulled towards teaching on and off for it must be getting on for 20 yrs. I always imagined teaching teenagers but I didn't want to teach my degree subject, french, so that hasn't really been an option for me and until the past few years since having my own kids I never saw myself as a primary school teacher. I now think I'd like to teach primary but I've been put off by the lack of control and de-professionalisation of teachers over the past 2 decades and I fear that I'll find the standards, 'delivering' a lesson culture maddening. I also recall mrs magpie saying that she found primary school staffrooms unbearably twee and I wonder how I will fit in with that. How much room is there for critical thinking in teaching? If I'm honest with myself, I also fear that I just won't be up to it and I could probably find a million excuses not to do it. Anyway, I think my desire to continue working with children and teach is stronger than my objections but I'd like to hear some positive stories if you've got any.