I was employed as Assistant Headteacher at a small school up until I had my little girl, earlier this year. Whilst on maternity leave, my priorities have changed somewhat and I decided that (in my current school) it would be difficult to do justice to the role of AHT. The context around the school is that it is very small, I was AHT and SENCO, had half a day a week to do both whilst maintaining a challenging mixed age class, and a lot of extra responsibilities created by being a part of a small school. I spent a long time considering my options. I made a case to be allowed to return on part time basis - this was refused on the grounds of the school being unable to sustain another job share (already has 2 of 4 classes). I applied for a few part time jobs but these are few and far between and I was eventually offered a full time class teacher job at a larger school. This will be a return from AHT role to Class Teacher - still full time but with fewer responsibilities - at a one form entry school. I'm excited and nervous about this but I know that I will either want to apply for leadership jobs again or go part time in the future. My question to everyone out there - and please be kind - is has anyone ever actively sought a "demotion" such as this and then had a positive experience or returning to higher profile roles in school? Has anyone returned from maternity leave to a different post? How do you manage full time teaching with a young child (who will be in full time nursery)? I'm still unsure of whether I've done the right thing for my daughter, my husband, the schools and myself. I love my daughter and my job so I'm sure I can make it work, I'm just really hoping that I haven't done irreversible damage to my career. Thanks everyone!