I'm currently employed by a teaching agency, I'm a Teaching Assistant/Cover Supervisor. I've been in my workplace for around 4 months now and in that time I've seen 3 TA's been sacked. At lunchtime the staff all gossip about each other but I don't partake, the last guy (also a TA) they were gossiping about is Autistic - this left a nasty taste in my mouth. The problem I'm having now is that I seem to be the target, the main instigator is a level 2 TA who's worked there for 10 years, she's very confident, bossy and has no problem telling the Teachers & the Assistant Head how to do their jobs. I sit and wonder why she is allowed to behave the way she does and I put this down to she helps everywhere so is invaluable. She glares at me, the rest of the staff don't talk to me when she is around. An example, the children were waiting to come in so I opened the door and she came and took it off me I said I'll handle this thanks. I'm not an assistant who just sits, I work the classroom and feel that she doesn't like this. At lunch she got a photo up on her phone of her new caravan and showed it around the room to all 7 staff except me. The prom last night she called all the staff up for a photo except me. It's little things like she smiles at everyone except me. I'm bubbly and a real people person so this is getting me down. I know this all might sound petty but I dread going to work and feel sick when I do but bills need to be paid. I'm currently with a LAC pupil and feel if I leave I'll be letting him down, I also feel that being an agency worker means I don't have a leg to stand on. Any advice is welcomed.