I am beginning to look at HOD jobs. In my current position i teach KS 2, 3, 4 and 5. I create the SOW and review the modules at the end of each year and implement new ones. I run 6 extra curricular groups and participate in 2 groups run by another teacher. I manage a substansial budget. I have reviewed different exam boards to decide if we need to change to suit our students. I have organised trips and get our ex.curricular groups to compete in music festivals. I have attended Inset courses. My HOD says I am ready to run a department and I feel ready too. However, a member of the SLT (who said he would give me a refernece should I need one), suggested it might be easier to gain a HOD job if I side stepped into another classroom teacher job first. What do you think?