I started what I thought would be an exciting and fulfilling promotion as a Head of Drama in a school just over a year ago. I have found the school challenging but more than that I have found the administrative side of being a HOD very taxing on my sanity. I have less time for planning and thinking about my lessons and am finding teaching (especially at KS3) more and more draining. I am losing my energy and passion that before when I wasn't a HOD I had in abundance. I am fed up of buzz words and acronyms and all the paper work expected of a HOD and it is not why I got into teaching at all. Does anyone else find that aministrative tasks have taken away something from them and how do you deal with it? I am really not enjoying my job at the moment but know that unfortunately reverting back to a just simply teaching (not HOD) will be difficult because now I am too experienced and more expensive to employ. I really am in a pickle am even considering giving up teaching all together.