Well after 18 years in teaching 8 of which have been at my current school I was told last Wednesday that I am being made redundant. The school merged with another high school last September and I was confirmed in post as head of department! Great! Bought a new house and carried on as normal. The head of department from the other school has been working under me as head of KS3. We were then informed that there would be another 30 teaching staff redundancies. We were placed in pools and I was up against the head of department from the other school. We had to complete a presentation and face an interview. I was told that I hadn't got the job! (My job which I have done for the last 8 years) Results have improved both at KS4 and 5. The department was highlighted in a case study by ofsted 2 years ago as being excellent and a beacon of good practice. I am gutted! The new HOD has no experience of leading a department with GCSE ALlevel or BTEC! (He is 10 years my junior though) Coupled with this I now have to continue to work in the department until July! I don't know if I can handle going in after Easter.