Does anyone know where accountability lies in a hard federation of three schools in which the deputies are in charge of the day to day running of the schools under an Executive Head? I am considering applying for a position (not yet advertised) as DHT in a school which is likely to be very vulnerable in its next OFSTED. The other schools are performing much better and I am guessing the federation has been created as an attempt to boost the school. There are many aspects to the challenge which appeal to me, but I'm not sure that I want the accountability of a headteacher without having the freedom (assuming that a lot of strategic decisions are made by the executive head). Does this position sound very vulnerable? I can't imagine the HT taking the fall if L&M are judged unsatisfactory - since the other schools are high performing (one is outstanding). What would you imagine would happen in this scenario?