I am starting back at work on Monday after maternity leave, and whilst on leave decided that I wanted to move back to my home area so I had family support with the baby who is now 15 weeks. I have applied for a few jobs, one of which decided to take up references before interview (I don't even know if I have interview!), so the head found out I was applying for jobs before I got chance to warn him. He was fine after I talked to him, and after I told him how much I wanted to move (although I won't move without a job!), and assured him it wasn't the school, he said he would do all he could to help. I had a KIT day today, and one of the first things that was said to me when I walked in the office was 'oh, you won't be here in September will you?', from a new teacher that I hardly knew! It turns out that my HOD - who I had not had chance to talk to, and had found out via chinese whispers - had sent an email to the entire department saying that I was looking for a job, would be leaving in September, and a job advert would be going out this week. I have 2 issues - firstly I don't believe that it is anybody's business but mine, the head's, and anyone I choose to tell, that I am looking for another job. I also have friends in the department who I would have liked to break the news to slightly gentler, and am concerned that I am going to look stupid if I don't get a job and everyone knows! I tackled my HOD about this, and he saw no problem at all, claiming that he was just keeping the department informed! Secondly - can school legally advertise my job before I resign? It is very flattering that they are convinced that I will walk into a job, but I fear the reality is different. If I don't get a job / resign what will happen to the candidates? Technically there isn't a vacancy. There are various other issues that are putting a downer on my return to work, but this got me really cross! What do you think?