I have recently taken on another HOD which overall i am fairly pleased about. I feel that this is a school where I can develop my middle leadership skills. HOWEVER, there is one small issue. I will give you some background. There has been a number of HoD that have been and gone on the last 3 or 4 years. I am in fact the 5th one. Initially I felt it maybe perhaps the behaviour at the school and to some extent this may be the case. However I believe it maybe due to the teacher that I am require to lind manage. This teacher has been at the school as a student and teacher for a long time and is also a local ‘celebrity’. The teacher is popular amongst staff and I recognise the problems he has encountered with the continuous changes in HoDs. With that said, he opted not to be trained as a teacher and this has come up in recent observations and learning walks I have undertaken. He is antagonistic towards instructions given to him and recently walked out my meeting with him citing that he needs to be involved in everything. This incident referred to an intervention idea that was agreed by the head of faculty and meant myself giving up a free period. He also cites that I have no authority though it is well known to him that I am his line manager. Personally I feel he is ‘protected’ due to his status in the community but I feel his curriculum (that’s another issue!) lacks evolution as he is not willing to expand his music knowledge. I do not feel the students are getting a rounded knowledge of the subject due to his own stubbornness. I am at the point at the moment where I am keeping a diary of communication/ issues that arise and having spoken to my union rep, he suggested I should raise a greviance which I am reluctant to as it will change the dynamics of the department. Any advice would be appreciated.