I've spent 2 and a bit years as a head of department, but I've resigned my post and will be leaving at the end of this term. It's long-winded to explain, but because of things that happened at this school, I no longer feel confident to take up another management post. I feel I just want to be an ordinary teacher again and rediscover the enjoyment in delivering my subject. However, there are hardly any jobs available, and interestingly, the few that do are almost all HOD roles! I used to be really keen to take up HOD responsibilities,but because I was given a struggling department with some big issues, and hardly any support or encouragement by SMT, this year was a big nightmare. I know it could be better in a different school, but I'm so reluctant to go through all that again (I've been reading too many similar stories to mine on here!!). I don't need the TLR money as I'm now living with my partner so finances aren't under so much pressure, but there just aren't any teaching posts available and time is running out - I don't want to be unemployed next term..should I stop being chicken and apply for HOD jobs?