I am all stressed out! I am a teacher of 14 years and have worked for my current head for the past 10 years. 8 years ago, it became apparent that I was not 'in favour' and they attempted to place me on formal competency. After the involvement of my union, this never happened and hasn't to this date (yet!) However, despite dealing with it (I have stayed at the school because of its fabulous staff, children and parents), I now feel that the HT has upped the ante a bit and I would appreciate advice on where to go from here. The people who see me teach day in and day out tell me that I am a good teacher and they would love their children to be taught by me. I establish excellent relationships with children, parents and staff. I know I am a good teacher. I love my job. But I feel that I am constantly 2nd guessing myself and my stress levels are so high, it is afffecting my health and my family. It also affecting my teaching. It's a viciious circle! My concern began early this year, when a leading teacher who was working with me, had a meeting with the HT and then informed me through personal email that she was unable to work with me again. My HT explained it that her HT teacher would not allow her to work with the school anymore due to the tasks my HT had asked her to do. Just another point to give context, a colleague asked me to accompany her as support and as a witness when she spoke to HT regarding continuing unprofessionalism towards her. DHT advised them not to take me as the HT would 'somehow blame it on me' and 'make my life hell'. After an unsatisfactory lesson observation (what a surprise) I became upset during feedback with the DH and maybe said some things I should have kept close to my chest. But the DH did say that they did not have their DH hat on at that point. One point I raised is that I could not possibly get another job with the reference I woud recieve from the HT. Fast forward a few weeks, and I have been told by the DHT (who is now my mentor) that the HT would like me to be a 'floating teacher' in September teaching French and ICT to KS2, intervention programmes, 1:1 programmes, leadership cover etc. I do not want this and expressed that I was unhappy with this. What happens in a year's time when the money runs out? The DHT then read me a reference that both the DHT and the HT had written to show that it was a 'strong reference' and to let me know that I had 'options'. I am being observed by the HT and DHT tomorrow, a formal termly observation, and I am so stressed by it. Can I refuse to let the HT observe me as I do not think they will give me a fair assessment? (HT has said to colleagues before that they know what they are going to grade a lesson when they walk through the door) Sorry for the long post!! Appreciate any advice.