Dear Theo, (and everyone else - all advice will be most gratefully received!!) I very much appreciate your advice. I am currently half way through a career break and am looking for jobs from September. I've been qualified for 10 years and for 5 years I was a HOD in a challenging school having risen through the ranks. I have never worked in another school.I love teaching but I wanted to try some different things before it was too late and a mortgage reared its ugly head! Having been to be promoted so quickly, as a second and then HOD, I feel I want to go back to being a classroom teacher. Teaching is the bit I'm good at and why I got into the job in the first place. In all my observations I have come out as outstanding and I've led training on teaching and learning for staff and outside of school. The bit I was never so keen on was the pressure of being in charge. However, my main concern is am I too expensive now? I've been through threshold and would be on UP3. Would I even be considered given that there are so many NQTs out there all vying for the same jobs? I would be willing to negotiate pay and take a reasonable pay cut to get back to the job I love but am I even allowed to do this? I'm all a bit confused and part of me feels that I should be going for HOD jobs because that's what level I'm at but I really dread the idea! Thanks for any help!!!