Hi, I’m in a bit of a quandary of what to do having only just returned from maternity leave. While on mat leave there was a restructure of SLT and without meaning to give too much away for fear of being recognised, my role has become effectively not needed. I say this because roles have been created over the top of mine that make my role redundant basically. So technically I’ve still returned to work with the same role but I don’t see how it fits in. While on mat leave I was told about the opportunity for promotion to one of these higher roles as it were but because I have returned part time I was told the role was for full time staff only. Unfortunately I was unwell during pregnancy due to severe sickness so in effect I was off work for 15 months in total. Prior to this school I was a deputy head but left because my husband and I were relocating. I’ve seen a deputy head job come up at a nearby independent school. Would I be mad to apply for it? Do heads see maternity leave on a CV and run a mile?? I don’t want to work in a dead end job even though I love my child dearly and want to be able to be there for her. Or am I just being far too optimistic thinking I can apply for this job having been off recently and just have to accept dead end job for a while?? Thoughts would be greatly appreciated..