I am Head of Year 8 in a fairly challenging school. In addition to the Head of Year job I teach BTEC Health and Social Care, PSHE, COPE, Anger Management and Social Skills. My training is as a Science Teacher but due to various complicated circumstances and my desire to support the school I am not teaching in my area of expertise. I teach in several different classrooms every day and due to the diversity of subject areas I teach, receive little support from any Head of Department. My daily job often involves rushing from lesson to lesson carrying heavy bags of books/paperwork, arriving late at a classroom that has been left in a mess, with some of the naughtiest children in the school waiting for me. Not much fun! In the last year I have found my health affected by the job and had a few days off work due to stress. I have written a formal letter to my Line Manager and the deputy Head, asking for some support and for fewer 'hats'. They have talked of referring me to Occupational Health and made small moves to support me i.e. moved one of my classes to another room. I have been told that when we get the new timetable in the next few months I will find myself in a better situation (i.e. fewer subjects to teach and possibly fewer different rooms). I am not very hopeful that there will be any real change in my circumstances and think, in order to protect my mental and physical health, I will have to start looking for another job. I don't want to do this as I feel a deep loyalty for the Year 8 students I have cared for since they started the school. Is there any advice anyone can offer me?? I am partly in this fix due to my inability to turn down a request from a colleague for help, but having told SMT quite clearly that I am struggling, I really feel that they should help and support me. What can I do if they don't???