Hi, Any advice from other HoDs on this would be appreciated. Sorry it's a bit long, but bear with me.... My school is now good but previously failed their ofsted, the current head came in and 'turned it around'. Ofsted are due again. Recently our head of maths got a job elsewhere (rumour is he was forced out, our predicted grades for the new GCSE are not good) and various members of SLT and my department encouraged me to apply for the job. Personally, I didn't think I had enough experience but I did it anyway and was offered the post. I have until Monday to decide. Basically, department morale is very low and the staff feel completely undervalued. Comments have been made to me from EVERY member of staff e.g. being scared of being made redundant, being 'disposalbe' in the eyes of the head, the head never coming in to see how new staff are getting along, being overworked etc. It is not a department of poor quality teachers, everyone has their weaknesses and there are a lot of things that need improving, but it's actually a good team, people are willing to do the work to move forward and results have been improving over the last few years (still slightly below national though). Based on this, I made the point at interview that it would be part of my role to ensure staff morale was at an okay level and to make sure people feel valued, any new initiatives are tailored to my departments strengths, making sure support was provided for weak areas/staff and apply them in a realistic timescale. The head didn't like this. We had a very frank discussion which ended up with her shouting at me... that's okay though, I think it was to see how I reacted under pressure. She said teachers are expensive and they need to do what they are told. It's their job and if they can't get it done well, in a quick time frame, then I need to build the evidence to get rid of them. When i said the way to bring in new policies, make them successful and help ensure people would follow them was to get everyone's input and expertise, she said 'no, you make the decisions and they do it, if they dont then they go'. It went on and on basically saying she doesn't care about the teachers input, only their output, it's all about students and if the teachers cant cope then tough. I was trying the make the point that the two can't be separated but she was having none of it. I don't for one second believe that I'm there to be people's friend and I know there will need to be tough conversations at times, but I also don't agree with putting staff under crazy amounts of pressure and actively trying to get rid of them when they are doing their best, working long hours and none of them are inadequate... and it's unlikely to find a good replacement. Our last teacher vacancy only got 1 applicant. So, now I'm wondering if management in this school is actually for me. My question is... is this normal (for the majority of not 'outstanding' schools under ofsted pressure) and I've just been really naive? Or if I were to move to management elsewhere, this would be different? Or do you think this was all interview technique and in reality the head would be reasonable... she was just testing out my inexperience? Although, I do see now why the department feel so low if this is her view. Thanks in advance for any guidance.