For several years now I've thought that I would like, eventually, to lead a Primary School as a Headteacher. I came to teaching late, after raising my own children and working part time in various roles within different schools since my twenties. I've been at my recent school for 3 years now and have been promoted to Head of Key Stage and English Lead. I feel very fulfilled. I feel stretched, I feel excited, I feel invigorated by my role in SLT and as a class teacher. I have performance management next week and my Head knows that I am thinking of applying for Deputy Headships and is happy to support me in this, even though she has said she doesn't want to lose me. I work very well with both the Deputy and Head and we are a great team. We get on as well as share a vision. I am having cold feet! I am ambitious but I am now doubting my motivations- are they egotistical? I enjoy leadership very much but I love being in the classroom. My biggest fear of progressing is losing that class teacher role. That is the bread and butter of the job. I see our current deputy do PPA and paperwork and our Head working in her office and I am now doubting that I want to move on. I could wait a few years but, I am no spring chicken. In fact, my feathers are greying and my eggs are slowly depleting. What I would like to know from all of you Heads/Deputies is- Do you miss class teaching? What do you love about being a Deputy or a Head? I've posted this in SLT too. Thanks!