I'm in my 7th year of teaching science at a secondary school. This is my 4th year in my current school. I am paid on M5. I am on M5 because I effectively lost an academic year to maternity leave so stayed on the same band. However I really would like to have moved up to M6 this year. My school uses the bands. I am not moving up to M6. This isn't a surprise to me as for the last few years almost no teacher has progressed up through the bands. This is because my school gives us all an unachievable data target. The unions have been involved but most staff just leave or put up with it. Now, it's not so much the money that matters to me although it'd be nice. It's the recognition of the responsibilities I hold and gives me the chance to begin working towards UPS. I feel I am doing the role of a 'senior' teacher. My colleagues and boss recognise me as a senior member of the team. For example, last year the whole chemistry dept (excluding me - no it wasn't me!) of 3 teachers and 1 technician left. I was concerned then that I would end up being the chemist in charge without any official recognition and that has indeed come to pass. I try and avoid taking ownership of tasks which I feel are over and above my M5 role but inevitably stuff needs doing so I do it. I am a pain to my boss. She is sick hearing me say that I feel I should be on M6 and feels that the jobs I do are standard teacher jobs. So, am I being unreasonable in wanting to move up to M6 for recognition that I lead the chemistry dept (inc chem A level)? I actually don't know. On top of sorting out most of the chemistry stuff I'm pgce mentoring for the first time. Obviously with no training! I've never had my performance doubted and it just feels like a kick to be doing so much but being held back indefinitely. It's also relevant that I am p/t (hahaha!) at 0.7FTE which in real terms means I'm doing over 40h a week. School are getting a good deal right? Or do I need to just leave it? Really interested in others' thoughts. Thanks.