Hi, I am acting in the HoD role this year, as a maternity cover. Initially I was enjoying the role (which I am sharing with a part-time colleague). We have lots of ideas for developing our SoW and teaching in our department, and in the Summer term we were starting to put these in place and see the impact. We're a small department (3.5 staff) and have always had very strong relationships within the team. This academic year we have just had so much bad luck. A long-term supply teacher (maternity cover) left, for personal reasons (not to do with the school) in the first month. A new permanent member of staff was off sick for about 6 weeks in Oct/Nov. We've just come back from Christmas and they've been off again for the week with a different illness. My closest colleague is going through a family tragedy which is going to impact their capacity at work and probably their attendance over the next few months. There have been days when I'm the only permanent member of the department on site, and I've been sorting out all of the cover work and dealing with behaviour arising from cover lessons. Basically I'm still standing but am really burnt out. My brain isn't working when I try to do my own job (ie: planning lessons for the 9 groups that I personally teach). I've been honest with SLT about this, and they seem understanding. They recognise that my colleague and I have done a good job in difficult circumstances. Yesterday the Head asked me what they can do to support me. My mind went blank and I couldn't think of anything, so I said I'd think about it. They have already allowed me to step down for a term from most aspects of a different TLR role I have. I am no longer leading CPD, so that's one less thing for me to worry about. I do have a tutor group, so could ask for them to be taken off me. But actually they don't add much to my workload (they are well behaved Y7s) and I can normally potter around getting stuff ready for the day during tutor time whilst chatting to them and getting them to do literacy/numeracy/reading or whatever the day's task is. Currently when there's loads of cover work to sort out at the last minute, I ask for my tutor group to be covered, so if that can continue I'm happy with the arrangement. What would you ask for if your Head was offering support?