I'm currently Deputy Head in an international school in Asia and have been for a few years now. Despite the odd days when I feel like I've been promoted to my level of incompetence, I do a pretty good job - I'm approachable, flexible, supportive, reasonably organised - and the the general noises from above suggest the same; headships have been talked about. However, although I enjoy some aspects (weirdly enough: timetabling being my favourite), some drive me up the wall. Namely, the fact that I seem to spend a lot of time 'putting out small fires' (like people forgetting to order whiteboard markers and needing a box right now), and not concentrating on my own full-time teaching load, and then getting grief from the same people I seem to have helped out of a hole. One person in particular seems to enjoy ignoring most of what I say (and when they leave, as they have done in the past, someone else seems to fill the void), To cut a long story mid-length, I've had a thought in my head for some time of resigning my positions of responsibility to go back to just being a class teacher, However, I like the school - my own kids are students and my wife works here too - and I don't want to change schools. Has anyone out there a similar experience - stepping down a couple of notches to be simply a class teacher in the same school - and how did the management and staff take it? Were there problems you didn't anticipate?