As a relatively new HOD, I have the opportunity to restructure my department. At the moment we have a HOD, a second in dept responsible for tracking and student progress, and individual Heads of French, German and Spanish. However, the Spanish Head is giving up this role as of September for personal reasons and the school seem reluctant to replace the job, and are asking questions about the necessity for the other Heads of subject. For context, we are a large private school with around 1600 students. We have currently around 60 entered for GCSE, and 20 for A Level. The department has 4 full time members of staff and 6 part time. I feel that the Heads of subject are really important, I use them well, and it is so useful to have someone 'in charge' of each language, for a lot of reasons. SLT's argument is that if we didn't have the Heads, the work would still get done - which it would, because we are a really good department, but I don't think that's a good enough reason to get rid of them. There are questions of pay and removing responsibility of course, but that's not what I'm asking here - how do you structure your department?