I know that this really is an unanswerable question but... How do you know you are ready for promotion? (in my case headship). Over my career, I have been key stage leader, senior teacher, acting assistant head teacher, assistant head teacher and now deputy head (with some acting headship in between). There is a position coming up in a few months for a headship position - I am considering it. I know I can do the job, I know so much about the school and staff and children already (I work closely with the staff there now as it is our partnership school). I feel ready. I guess the question is what if I don't like it? What if it turns out i'm no good? My current school and position i'm in is fabulous, I really enjoy it - what if becoming a head teacher didn't suit me? A secondment would be perfect! If i'm questioning myself now, should I take that as a sign not to apply? I really don't want to make a decision that could unsettle so many people (school, staff, children, parents, my family etc etc). How do you know if you are making the right decision? (Nothing to say i'd get it anyway!).