I am 29 years old and in my 4th year as a teacher now in an inner city school in the North West. I like my school and I like my life that I have because I enjoy my work there however I dont feel as if I can progress any further in the school and I am quite ambitious. I dont want to leave the school as I know only too well that the grass is not always greener. My Head of Dept is Mrs K and she has recently been off for 4 months with stress and has now returned with a vengeance however.... Mrs K will not take charge of the subject exams as she is nervous of being in the hall with over 100 kids so muggins here ends up doing it. Mrs K does not offer any help to a supply teacher in our dept and muggins here offers all the help and support . I want to improve my teaching and learning however Mrs K constantly refuses to let me observe her as she 'does not like having adults in her room'. Mrs K is also now taking pupils out of mine and other teachers of our subject's lessons and asking the pupils if they like me and the other teachers and if they like their lessons. All this after having 4 months off and leaving me carrying the can in her absence (yes, I attended all the Head of Dept meeting and ran the dept in Mrs K's absence - with no thanks!) Last year I produced the best GCSE results in our department and I want to progress but feel as if Mrs K is holding me back and using me. My biggest problem is that Mrs K is best friends with the deputy head and is the deputy head's puppet! What do I do... 1. Go to the Head (who is retiring this summer) behind Mrs K and the deputy heads back and discuss with her that I feel as if Mrs K is holding me back and using me as a dept gopher. But, this could potentially ruin my career at such an early stage as rumour has it that the deputy head who is Mrs K's best friend is due to take over as Head in the summer. 2. Look for other jobs and dont say a word. 3. Just sit back and enjoy my life and not worry about it. Take it as a compliment that Mrs K trusts me to do the things I do for her and the dept.