I have been teaching for 16 years, the last 3 in international schools as Head of Secondary (KG to Year 13 school), lasted one year as a large number of our secondary students left due to end of parents' contracts or the economic downturn; Director of Studies (I had to leave after one year as the owner / director, NOT a teacher, and I could not agree and I was not allowed to manage anything; and now Head of Upper School / Deputy Director. I had hoped to stay at this school, probably taking over from the current director, a great man to work with, but a change of ownership might make both our futures there disappear. My CV is looking a bit ragged, but I have had some excellent experience over the last few years. I'd like to return to the UK, as either Deputy Head or preferably Head of an international school there. I applied for a deputy head post, which I was suprised not to be shortlisted for, and a Headship which I am waiting to hear on. I am looking at a Masters in Educational Leadership, then a Doctorate, by distance learning (as I'm not sure where I will be!). I'm aware I should have done this before now. Any advice on my next step to attain Headship? I was considered for one within the educational management company my current director was supplied by, but it was in Malawi so I turned the offer down.