I have had a bad start to the school year and I am sat here feeling tearful and unsure what to do. It started in the first week of term when I was informed that a parent had made a complaint about me; the ‘incident’ occurred last year but they decided now to put in a complaint. Without going into details there was no substance to this but it left me feeling shocked and upset having never experienced this before. I am part time and we were told we were going to be observed which was very early in the school year, it happened last week and it was only my 5th day of teaching the class so obviously still getting to know them. I felt the lesson went well all the children were on task and achieved the objective but at the end I was told it was not creative enough and I would be receiving a RI grading and I need to be observed again. Part of my feedback was incorrect; it was said I had not referred to a specific area that is on the school development plan. When I said I had and there was visual representation of this on my interactive whiteboard I was told you have just put that on there; i.e accused of lying. I pointed out that it was only my 5th day with the class to which was replied ‘yeah but...’ I just feel upset and fed up and panicky. I know I will feel like this until the next observation and then what happens if I get another bad rating? It probably sounds pathetic when written down but I feel my confidence in myself is being eroded. I feel it’s very unfair to be observed so early on but I suppose HT can do what they like? I actually don’t know if I can go into work tomorrow.