Hi, After much consideration I have decided to take a year out from teaching to spend a year abroad. Having checked my contract I know that I need to hand in my notice by the end of this term (Spring) and that I am not entitled to a sabbatical. I plan to request the year off, unpaid and if I am turned down then I will hand in my notice. I am seeking advice on how to approach the HT with this request. I have worked in my school for five years and it is the only teaching job I have had. I don't find the HT very approachable, which is making me nervous. So any tips on how to start the conversation, whether I should tell my HoD (I work in two different departments) first, if I need to have the request in writing from the outset etc.