I have recently taken over as Acting HOD (after a lot of discussions with the HOF about how they couldnt afford an acting HOD and so they were appointing me on a "trial" basis etc) and I have a very full timetable and due to the subject I teach, I think I have quite a large number of individual classes (14 in total!).. I dont know what the average is, but 14 individual classes seems a lot to me and with around 25 students per class it means a LOT of books to mark. I have always stayed relatively on top of my marking by using peer assessment and self assessment as well as teacher comments / marks etc.. However I was ill for the last 2 weeks of term before Christmas with the vomiting bug that went around and as such I couldn't do any marking AND I wasnt in school to take any of my books home to mark over the holidays and so have come back to a large "backlog." I have been told that the HOF will be doing a spot check on me next week to see how I am coping with lessons / teaching / staff management etc.. as part of this she wants to check all my books but there's no way I am going to get them all completed as on top of the books, I also have Year 11 coursework folders to mark and Year 13 coursework. I mentioned this in passing to my HOF, saying that I would appreciate a little more time as we have only just gotten back, reminded her that I was ill before Christmas, and informed her of the impending coursework deadlines, but she made a comment like "oh well if you're not coping with the HOD role and you've only had it for 2 school weeks then how do you expect to cope for the rest of the year" and then she added that we would "talk about it in our meeting next week.".. So no I am a bit stressed because the only way I'm going to get all this marking done by next Tuesday is if I don't do ANY lesson planning and I don't give ANY support to the other 5 non specialist teachers in my department. I know I will end up prioritising the important marking (the coursework folders) and then work down from A-level to GCSE to KS3) but I am just worried that it will reflect badly on me that its not all finished and it will lead to them wanting to take the job off me? Can they do that? I dont feel like i've had a proper shot at it yet as I was ill and we've only just got back! What do I do? Any suggestions?