Hi everyone I can't give much in the way of specific detail as I fear saying too much might compromise my anonyminity but as some of you will know, I am a head of department in an independent school. Having been at the school for several years, I've grown to be quite disillusioned with my SLT (I realise I'm not alone in this respect). The workload has grown and there is very little in the way of appreciation or gratitude - from SLT, the students or the parents. The moment any student or parent expresses a grievance, it is guaranteed that SLT will side with them and point the finger at us. My department gets pretty good public examination results but there is very little sense of SLT appreciating this. The moment something goes wrong (as this week - I can't say too much but in the grand scheme of things, it was pretty insignificant), I'm hauled into the offices of SLT and berated like I'm a child and told, quite literally, how idiotic I am. There isn't one member of SLT that I trust. Virtually all of my encounters with any member of SLT have left me feeling inadequate / inferior. Nothing is ever good enough. Three weeks into this term, I'm exhausted and drained and have had next to no time to myself outside of school. I'm not sure how long I can continue like this. Part of me wonders whether being a head of department is worthwhile given all of the extra stress that accompanies it, certainly at my current school. Should I demote myself? Move elsewhere? Stay put and see whether things will improve? I have a mortgage and family to consider so not sure whether my salary could take the hit if I did relinquish my HOD responsibility. I'm also limited in terms of moving geographically, so to speak. I worry about the impact of any move on my CV, if that makes sense. I worry about the reference I'd get if I did apply elsewhere - if SLT would write a reference for me at all. I realise my worries are insignificant compared to other problems that are posted on here. I know I could be accused of feeling sorry for myself. I also realise the start of the autumn term is pretty grim for everyone out there. But having been at my current school for several years now, I'm just not sure how much longer I can continue being SLT's go-to whipping person. I feel exhausted and very much demoralised. Thank you in advance for any advice anyone has.