Dear Theo I am taking your advice and posting my dilemma on here as initially I put it on the career clinic. Having taken up a permanent post in a new school in September I am now considering applying for a HOD post in another school. I am currently acting HOD covering maternity leave but the job I originally applied for and got was a KS3 coordinator role. A couple of months after getting the job I was asked if I would do the HOD role. So I am doing both roles in a sense. I was a HOD in my previous school which was smaller, as was the department. I really only line managed one and a half but in the 4 years I was there I turned the department around and got very good results. I decided to move as I felt I needed to be in a bigger department. Plus it was a crazy academy in terms of the pressure which was extreme. It wasn't a great working environment as many staff were disgruntled. I also wanted more of a work life balance but since I am doing the hod role that has not gone as much as planned. I have moved a number of times in my 10 year career and I know too many moves doesn't look good. I have never moved mid year and gained a massive amount of experience working in different types of schools. The leadership in the school I have moved too doesn't seem strong, behaviour isn't great and a lot of staff have left as it is converting to an academy. We are due an ofsted and I think 3 is on the cards. I am trying not to regret the move as I am gaining confidence and experience leading a bigger department (5 mostly strong, experienced staff). Now this job has come up in a good, smaller but growing school close to home. Low staff turnover and have heard positive things about the school. Do I apply? Will they frown upon the short time I have been at current place? Do I risk rocking the boat when I may not have a chance due looking flaky? Any advice please would help.