I have taught a second subject at KS3 (just 6 periods per week) very happily since 2014. But now a new HoD in 2nd subject has completely changed the SoWs to include some very challenging new topics. Since I found out on 1 September(!) I'm pretty much one page ahead of the kids as you can imagine, which is really not my style! Also, there are brand new marking policies, departmental sanctions/rewards etc. which the HoD is keen we all follow to the absolute letter. Anyway, I've been trying to be positive and muddle through with all this. Now, however the HoD has decided he will be coming to conduct a work scrutiny of my marking of year 8 and coming to observe a year 7 lesson. Now, to me this seems very heavy-handed so early in the term, and not in line with the policies of the school (work scrutiny is done at specific times in the year, and observations are on a timed cycle - and I'm not due!) Do I have to agree to this? It all feels needlessly stressful, and not likely to actually help improve the students' education - which is meant to be the main thing right? Can I realistically refuse the work scrutiny and observation, or at least ask that they be conducted only at the appointed time, or do people think I'm inviting more problems if I do this?