I have found myself in an impossible situation....it's like being in a Kafka novel. I have been accused of 'inappropriate physical contact' by a student. It's not a child protection issue. It's apparently a safeguarding issue. Firstly - I have no idea what it could relate to. I have not had any form of physical contact with any student. I was informed of the allegation and immediately suspended, pending an investigation. I am not allowed to know what I have been accused of, when or where it supposedly happened, or who has accused me. The school are investigating. I am not allowed to return to work until contacted with the results of this investigation. I spoke to the union rep at the school. I was told that I am the third teacher this half term (only four weeks!) to have been accused of similar and that there have been many accusations like this by students across the school during the academic year. The rep described the number of letters from the SLT to staff they've seen (and subsequent suspensions) as being as numerous as "confetti". It seems it has become a game for students to play, in the full knowledge that it can cause massive problems for the staff concerned. The SLT are not discouraging it by dealing with the students when allegations are disproved. I have contacted the local area union rep and am waiting for a reply. What the hell is going on in teaching today?