Hi everyone, A good opportunity has arisen for me to apply for the head of English role in my school (an international UK curriculum secondary 11-18); however, I am completely stuck on the fence about whether to go for it. In many ways it would be quite a supportive route in to being a HOD - we're quite a small school (400 students), I am the longest serving member of the department so I have been very involved in developing the curriculum etc, I know the students well, I get on well with everyone else on the team (who would all be there next year plus one additional new person) and I have a good relationship with SLT. I've also been literacy coordinator for 3 years so I have some idea of the challenges of being in middle leadership in this school. However, part of me is wondering whether I really want this role or whether it's just something that deep down I feel that I should go for. It would also mean signing another two year contract and - much as I have loved living where I do - it is quite a challenging part of the world to live in. If I didn't go for this role, I would look to move on to a new school at the end of the year. Therefore, my questions are: 1) Did anyone feel the same as I am before applying? 2) In general, are you happy that you moved up to being a HOD? Or do you miss the days of less responsibility? Your thoughts on this are greatly appreciated.