I am currently in a department of 2 full time teachers (me and the HOD) and 3 other non specialist teachers who teach just a couple of hours of my subject a week. I have been at this school for 2 years about to enter my 3rd year. My HOD has just announced she is pregnant and will be going on maternity leave at Christmas. I was hugely excited at this news as I thought it would offer me the opportunity to take over as Acting Head of Dept in her absence, show that I can do a great job and either keep it if she doesnt come back, or move on when she does come back to get my own Head of Dept job somewhere else using my new found experience. I dont know if I was wrong to presume this as I have no previous experience in matters like this but I kind of just assumed they would ask me to be Acting Head of Dept (and be paid a TLR whilst she was away) as I am the only other full time teacher in my dept and the only specialist teacher of the subject. I also have been graded good with outstanding features or outstanding in all my observations, and have excellent GCSE and A-Level results across all my classes. However I have just been informed that the Head of Faculty (who has no experience teaching my subject, and is also the head of her own dept as well) is going to be "overseeing" my department in my bosses absence and there will be no Head of Department! And I've even been told that I will have to take on additional responsibilities whilst my boss is away to "help out" but there will be no TLR because TECHNICALLY I wont be Head of Department. Is this even legal? The Head of Faculty is a very busy woman, with no experience of marking coursework in my subject, or planning SOW's in my subject and I doubt she has the time to line manage and support 3 non specialist teachers in a subject she knows little about. So I am concerned that I will end up having to do all of the HOD jobs anyway. PLUS next year will require my dept to set up a new subject ready to teach in September 2012 so we will need a whole subject researched, with new SOW and resources created etc.. Are they allowed to just say they are not having an acting Head of Dept and have someone "oversee" the department instead?