Has anyone had experience of a DH not acting up in the event of a HT leaving? If so, could you share the reason and any fallout, if any. Obviously I'm asking due to my personal situation, I'm in a rather unusual position regarding acting up. I knew taking on the DH role that in the event of the HT being unable to fulfil her role I'd step in. She has though resigned, in unusual circumstances which would be identifying to share. When the job was offered the governing body knew of her leaving date,as has come to light through paperwork. My goodwill is a little low for other reasons too, effectively they knew I was being recruited as acting head in an area in crisis filling HT posts. In hindsight the interview tasks and questioning reflected this. I was not aware of this until the week after starting at the school. Speaking plainly I would not have taken the job had I known, though I was happy to act up in the event of illness or other need. I was honest in the interview in stating that I'd like to be a HT one day; now though isn't a great time in my personal life for the responsibilities of a small school and the demands it would place on my family life as childcare is already a push until my youngest starts school next September. Does anyone know what my position is regarding a potentially long term acting role? Is this beyond 'deputising' as there will be no HT in post?It is being treated as a given that I will step up.