I have been head of Drama for 14 years and have a wealth of experience and excellent track record for achieving high marks at GCSE and A level but now find myself teaching less drama than my colleague and instead being given a year 8 English group to teach three times a week. I am not confident teaching English, but the deputy is insistent that I teach it. I suggested giving my colleague the English and taking back three drama classes but this was not entertained. I also requested delivering PSHE as a preference over English, as I have experience with this, but again this was ignored. As an experienced HOD it makes me feel undervalued and the burden of planning, teaching and marking a core subject I don’t enjoy is an irritation. I could do without in favour of focussing in the subject I’m employed to teach This came about through a decision not to replace a full time English teacher who had to leave due to stress and depression. Do I just do as I’m told or is a conversation with the Head worth having to share my concerns.