I know the decision has to be made by myself ultimately but thoughts would be appreciated. I'll try and keep it short... I was a teacher for 10 years on SLT and completed MaST which led me to take a job in HE lecturing primary maths ITT. I was a team leader of 11 and presented at many boards etc etc... I decided I missed the chalk face too much and my career was moving more in the research direction. I took the jump and applied for a headship. I was told that although my application was good and I had many of the necessary qualities and experiences needed, I had been out of school too long (5 years). So I jumped into an inclusion lead role which lead to assistant head and now deputy head whilst DH is on mat leave. I took a 'step into headship' course last year and have started to look again. Question is... one of my friends is a head of an independent school and he said he would never look back. Anyone moved from state to independent on here? And would it be a difficult one for my first headship? There's a local school with a vacancy at present. Additionally, I've found a post for an emotional well-being lead over schools initially a one year role (runs across sectors) which sounds really interesting but would this look bad on my CV for headship at a later date? Very keen to move on or else I feel my jump from HE management has been wasted and a backward step.