I need some advice...for a while I have been happy with how my mentor treats me. She has often made cutting remarks and suggestions and is very unsupportive. I believe she is bullying me on some level however I do not know how to raise these concerns. Unfortunately, I work in a very small school with a handful of teaching staff and if I go to the Headteacher I know this will make it worse as they are in and out of each others pockets. Today she said that I had made no effort when she observed me, however I was teaching a maths lesson from a new subscribed Maths scheme and it was an assessment lesson. I openly admit it was not a perfect lesson as Im not experienced enough to know every which way to improve on this subscribed lesson and I dont feel confident being allowed to jazz it up a bit within the school environment as a big emphasis has been on teaching the script as that appears to work. Also, I know of several teachers within the school who read directly from the script whereas I didnt ...I missed out a minor part of the lesson today and she frowned upon even though I had memorised as it were the whole kit and caboodle where as other more experienced teachers do not- and I was not given any credit for this. The fact remains I did try and improve the lesson but just not in the ways in which she wanted me to and I feel that her comments were unjust and unhelpful. This is not the first time that she has knocked my confidence... before the session she spoke to me and I already knew that she was going to give me unsatisfactory from her attitude towards me. The class I teach is a particularly unruly boy heavy class that one day something will work and the next something wont work its rather frustrating and even an experienced teacher who has taught them has struggled with them. I always thought a mentor was there to guide and advise and offer support where needed but I feel that I am constantly critised never really critiqued. Even after one of my observations last term where I got elements of good (I was observed by another teacher who used to be a mentor in a different school) she still put a huge damner on it. Also my grandfather died after being terminally ill for months and the only thing she said was that I needed to let her know if I was not in school so she didnt have to come in for a meeting. No concern no support no compassion at all. I apologise for this long winded rant but Its been a stressful and difficult day due to this. Any advice would be greatful. I feel I should raise the issue but feel I cant do it within the school system as it would make the whole thing more unbearable. But I do generally feel that my confidence has been knocked so greatly by this women.