I used to really love my school but, after only three years as HOD, I feel like all my energy and enthusiasm has been sapped. I don't feel I am getting anywhere in my leadership of my department, because there is no time to give to anything that would move it forward. At the moment I am running a department of nine in a core subject, with two unqualified instructors and two non subject specialists, and I've spent a whole term with no KS3 coordinator, despite asking for one every fortnight since September. I had a meeting with my headteacher before Christmas, who told me that he would look into appointing someone to KS3 (there is an appropriate candidate in the wings), but that he "really didn't think that would make much of an impact on my workload". He also asked me exactly what I thought a coordinator would be able to take off my plate, even though I was asked to rewrite the job spec so it could be adverstised and it was sent to him for approval in October. I am struggling in my current role and feeling unsupported, despite the fact that I have a great team to work with and we are doing well in terms of results. A job as HOD has come up in another school and I would like to apply, but I don't know what to say to my head about it, or what to say about my reasons for applying at the new school if I got called to interview. I don't want to rock the boat too much where I am, especially if nothing comes of my application, but I also don't see the point in lying when I would love to be able to resolve my situation where I am. If I could feel my Head listened to my concerns with an open mind rather than scepticism, and if I had any positive encouragement from my line manager, I wouldn't be thinking about leaving, but these are not the sorts of things that are easy to ask for. What can I say that is constructive?