So to cut a long story short... Government budget cuts / austerity measures mean my school is considering the idea that my dept & subject (just two teachers covering KS4 and KS5 only) is too expensive, and not essential, not deemed worthy enough by the Conservative govt because we are not core, and could be a place where cuts could be made. They are talking about stopping offering the subject to students altogether, and redeploying staff elsewhere in the school to save money. The other teacher in my department is leaving teaching altogether this year which just leaves me in Sept anyway. If they start to close down my subject / dept over the course of the next year, do I lose my TLR as HOD and if so, is it protected for 2 years, even if I am not carrying out HOD duties? If they do try to 'redeploy" me into other subjects then I would want to leave. My subject at the moment is quite technical and practical and the subjects they are talking of putting me in are not. Also as a KS4 and KS5 teacher I have virtually no experience with KS3 and they want to give me all KS3 lessons potentially. I know there are virtually no teaching jobs out there in my subject at the moment (because other schools are potentially facing the same cuts) so I may be forced to leave teaching altogether, especially as because of rent / childcare / family we are restricted to looking for employment only within an hour of where I am now). Would I be entitled to redundancy? Or, because they would be offering me a full timetable of teaching a load of other random subjects (albeit without my TLR), would I not be eligible for redundancy if I were to leave? This is all still up in the air at the moment and they are really stringing it out right now and not giving me any real idea of what they are planning, but I just want an idea of what I am entitled to (if anything). I am just so mad, that after giving up a successful career in industry to retrain as a teacher eight years ago, I am now potentially looking at the end of my teaching career. I have been out of the industry for too long to return to it. And I can't find any other jobs where I could earn a similar salary as I am now.