I have been at my current school for three years and have been promoted twice in that time. However, development has not been as easy to come by (there's a difference between promotion and development): I went on my first CPD course in all that time this term. The school is in a sticky situation. Although results in my department have held strong, in all other departments bar two results have plummeted and a visit from Ofsted and special measures seems likely in the next 12 months. We have had redundancies in each of the past two years and it is likely that there will be more next year as well. I have plans for the department, things I want to achieve but our hands are being tied at every turn: non-specialists in the department, no TA support, increased teaching load, rising class sizes. I cannot see the future for the school being anything but dire. Here's the question: even before this all started I was considering moving on, more as a relocation than a career move. Now a job has arisen in the area I was planning to move to over the next 12-18 months anyway. I am torn: should I apply or not? I feel bad about potentially leaving at such a difficult time for the school but at the same time part of me is saying there is nothing I can do about it and I should put myself first for a change. I would have no fear about special measures and being part of the team to pull the school out of the mire if I had any faith at all in the leadership team. However, if we go down that path I cannot see how we would get out of it with the current leadership and fear the closure of the school in the next 2-3 years. Should I get out while I can? Part of me sees this as a betrayal of colleagues, but another part of me is harder and says it won't be my department that drags us down!