Hi all. I'm currently working as a HoD in an academy where I've come to realise I'm not happy. This is mainly due to a massive lack of autonomy - my assessments are written for me, I've had to change my curriculum six times this year to fit the head honcho's agenda, I've had no say in exam boards, I've been told what novels to teach (I'm not allowed to have my dept teach LotF for example, as head office think it's too hard. They've asked me to read and learn another novel instead, and to get the dept to do the same). We do 15 assessments per year. I'm not allowed to argue this. I generally feel like a glorified messenger and I'm totally miserable. My mock results are awful, but this is because I'm teaching what I'm told to, rather than what I am good at. I've lost my entire department this last year. One was never fit for the job, but my concerns weren't listened to and he had a breakdown. Another cited that she couldn't cope with the workload, but that she was sad to no longer work for me. Another is on maternity. Another moved away. Basically, I want to leave. However, I have GCSE exams - a first cohort - in May. It would mean leaving with no results under my belt, at a crucial time. I love my year 11 class, but I know that their results aren't going to be as good as they could be, and I don't want my name attached to them. I'm stifled. It's awful. Would I ever be able to secure another HoD job without results under my belt? Also, how would I explain my leaving to prospective employers? I'm sure I've missed a lot and so am happy to clarify anything. Help is greatly appreciated. I'm looking to move as soon as January.