I am looking for some advice as I have a difficult decision to make. I am a single teacher department and my workload at the moment is, quite frankly, too much and I know that something has to change. This has now been recognised by SLT and I have been offered some alternatives to think about. First thing to point out is that we are an independent school and as such do NOT have the legal requirement to teach RS throughout the school. Secondly, the current position is that I teach Years 7-9 only. In years 7-8 they do the KS3 curriculum, and the short course GCSE is done in Year 9. In all three years they get two periods a week (35 mins each). There is no option to recruit more staff so the teaching does all have to be done by me. My head is keen to introduce the A Level (Philosophy and Ethics) as he is a Philosophy specialist. He is convinced that the take-up would be there as prospective parents have enquired about it, as have existing parents and students. There are three options open to me. 1. Keep things as they are. KS3 in two years. GCSE in one year. No A Level. The GCSE in Year 9 is stressful as I'm doing it in just over 1 hour a week, and as it is their first GCSE experience I am having to deal with a lot of basic exam skills as well as the syllabus. Having said that results are good (last year was 96% A*-C across the whole year group). 2. Drop KS3 entirely and just offer RS as an option in Year 10 and 11, and then again at A Level. 3. Drop the GCSE entirely and expand the KS3 curriculum into Year 9. This would also involve reducing the contact time to one 35 minute period per week. This is how my Head taught it when he was a classroom teacher. Take away exam pressure and make it a subject to explore ideas, beliefs, and build oracy skills. This would reduce my marking workload as homework could be cut, or only issued if I want them to do some research or reading. There would not be the pressure to teach them GCSE exam skills in Years 7 and 8 which I currently have to do. Finally this option would involve adding the A Level. Admittedly the final one is beginning to appeal to me, as I love the creative side of KS3 and would enjoy the intellectual stimulus of A Level. But I also need to think about my own future career prospects. Which would be most likely to limit me with future employers: not teaching A Level at my current school, or not teaching GCSE at my current school? SLT are also keen to consider which option would be more likely to attract new teachers, should I decide to leave at any point. So what do you think?