Hi all, This isn't my first thread on headship but wanted to revisit something with you all. I have been a headteacher for about a year in a school which also has an executive head. This naturally has its pros and cons. The exec has twenty years experience and that gives me access to a wealth of knowledge. The downside is that I am under constant scrutiny and feel less and less like the headteacher. He picks me up on everything and often in front of the leadership team which really knocks my confidence. He will be retiring in 2 or three years time but that's a lot of criticism and uncomfortable conversations to go. I don't want to quit as a year in I'm guessing it should be this tough but I'm hoping it gets better ( am I right?) My questions are two fold; Is a year in the job long enough to have cracked the basics of headship and should I just toughen up with regard the criticism and use it to improve? Sorry for the whinge, hope you're all having a great half term.