Dear Theo, A HOD job has recently come up at my school. I joined the school over a year ago doing a maternity cover in the HOD role and now she has decided to leave and the permanent HOD job has come up. They offered for me to stay in a permanent capacity when I was covering maternity as they believed I was doing a good job as HOD and a teacher, there were even concerns I might be bored having to take a step back. However, now this HOD job has come up and it is being externally advertised. The job advert was written on the day my HOD was offered the job and the day i found out she was leaving. I will of course apply for the job and have expressed my interest but I can't help but feel they are searching for somebody else if they externally advertise. I am considering if I don't get the job and a HOD comes up somewhere else applying there but I don't have long till I give my notice in as I work in the independent sector. Advice needed please! Many thanks.