I am currently considering relocating. I am therefore looking to apply for another deputy position in different area. Due to the distance, it is very difficult to make an informal visit before applying as it would need a day out of school rather than the odd hour here or there. How likely is it that this will stand in my way? Would heads see it as a sign of lacking effort or will they understand? Also, would it be acceptable to ask for a telephone conversation with the head in the event that I cannot visit before applying?