@TheoGriff I've applied for 7 and had interviews for 5 HoD positions over the last year. Unfortunately, I haven't got anywhere, though I got very positive feedback from a couple of them, and it's been a learning experience. Not expecting sympathy by the way, just setting out a context. Unfortunately, and again, I suppose this is just life, since they have known I'm looking, things have been a little less easy at my school, for example a bit of a rubbish timetable this academic year with more year 7 and 8 and less senior teaching than I've ever had. I was told this was to ensure continuity for exam classes and I do sort of see that point, but it does make me want to get a new job faster than ever! I debated the idea of resigning on 1 September in the hope that a maternity position might come up which would be a good way in but decided against it. Sod's law: two local ones starting January did come up and would have been ideal, but obviously having not given notice I wasn't in a position to take them. Frustrating. I'm again debating just resigning on first day of term this term and seeing what comes up maternity-wise or otherwise for April. I have enough savings to manage till September anyway, and even if I had to take a non-management role in another school, I feel the time is right for a change. One teaching friend/colleague, however, has told me she thinks this is a terrible idea, even if I can manage financially. Her rationale is that if I don't manage to get a job before I work out my notice, it will be very awkward to explain why I left, and will reflect badly on me as though there is some big 'elephant in the room' undeclared problem that caused me to leave my current school. What do people think? Is this really likely to have a negative effect with recruiters?