Apologies for the length of this post in advance and the lack of formatting... I have been teaching for four years - two in Year 5 and two in Year 6 (I am in my fourth year). I spent my first three years teaching in a tough inner city London school and loved it. I obviously started as an NQT and then in my third year (and first in Year 6) I became ICT Co-Ordinator. I began thinking of TLRs and to cut a long story short, I got a job at a school in Essex as a Maths Leader with TLR 2. I don't regret this as such, but I feel like I cannot spend another year in this school for a number of reasons. First of all the management is very poor and the communication is non-existent. The leadership set up is very unconventional and is ineffective. Teaching is being observed two or three times a week which is damaging staff morale but the headteacher feels this is important as Ofsted is imminent and we are satisfactory (the head has cried about feeling betrayed in staff meetings when staff are talking about their disgruntlement with SMT, which made people feel uncomfortable and awkward.) Also, I miss London so much, in a way I never thought I would. I felt at the forefront of education, with incredible ICT ideas, thoughtful and meaningful INSET and effective CPD. At this school, there is none of this and it is simply plodding along. I feel redundant in a two hour INSET on 'What is success criteria?' I am a good - outstanding teacher and feel a little lost within this school. Don't get me wrong, I have learned a lot this year. As the school is small I have been acting head on a number of occasions, I am part of the SMT (yet feel like I am not listened to or dismissed very quickly), I have set up policies that are now used county wide and I have extended my leadership skills no end. But I want to move back to London (my husband and I have split up) and I am keen to move on (not necessarily a promotion as I am keen to hone my skills in middle management) although I am ambitious. The school has had issues with staff retention and they don't have any inkling that I am looking to be somewhere new in September. I have two questions really.... how do I tell my headteacher I wish to look for a new job elsewhere and will this look bad (leaving a position after twelve months?) Thank you in advance to all who can offer any advice.