hello all I am a deputy head in a mid sized primary school. For the three years prior to this one I was a non-teaching deputy - to help get us through Ofsted. Our SENCo left and there was none to take it on so I had to. After two years decided I was happy to keep the role as we could not employ a new member of staff and no one in school wants it but then due to budget cuts I had to go back to class. This year I’ve been teaching full time in Y6 except for half day PPA and 2 more afternoons to keep up with SEN and DH responsibilities. It’s been incredibly hard and my average working week is around 65 hours. I went to the head earlier in the year and said I was struggling and acutely aware that I wasn’t fulfilling my deputy responsibilities and felt that I wasn’t doing the job if SENCo properly either and I shouldn’t be paid my deputy salary. He was sympathetic and in effect said not to worry - Y6 was priority and keep SEN ticking over. When we came to sort staffing for next year it was agreed I should have more management time via a class share and not be in Y6 (because not ideal for class share) all good! A class share planned in a different year group...or that was until 1 week ago when I was told I would be in Y6 again (I could choose to class share - I do 3 days or it could be the same as this year.) I know I can’t do it again for another year. I’m 51 and was planning on retiring at 55. My school is part of an academy trust. Can I refuse the SENCo role? (There’s no one else to do it) or can I give up the deputy headship and therefore the obligatory duty of SENCo with it but keep a teaching job in my school? I don’t want to change schools now and I’m happy to be in Y6 - no one else in school is and I’d rather be back in class without all the additional pressure. Yes my pension will take a hit but I’d rather be alive to enjoy it than in an early grave. Any ideas or advice anyone?