I am a very experienced science teacher and lead a subject within a STEM team. Our school had a new HT appointed in September 2018 and since then the workplace has become miserable. During lockdown, our Head of Sciences jumped ship and joined a school where our former Deputy Head is now HT. He has taken three of our staff with him, including one from my subject. They were effectively bullied out of their posts, to the extent that one resigned after the cut off and has taken a one year maternity cover post. Being close to retirement, I was not expecting to be "poached" and I am very happy for the escapees as they are now in a good school with a very competent Head of Sciences and a gentleman for a HT. We now have the added issue of a staff shortage both in the Sciences and in the wider STEM team (as well as across the school I think but everyone has retreated into their shells so I am not sure what is going on). We were told in July that we had replacements, this has either not materialised or the replacements who arrived have went off sick. I doubt we will see one of the girls again. We are four staff down in sciences and the temporary Head of Sciences is sinking and lacks the experience to share the load. I am 54 and have taught for 32 years in this school. I want to retire at 58. I need to navigate 4 more years but I am not sure I can. My former Head of Sciences is helping at least one member of staff with an application to another post and I know others are desperate to go. I just do not think the HT will be willing to change course and I do not want to be the last one standing.