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Bullying and harassment at work

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Bubblesz3, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Bubblesz3

    Bubblesz3 New commenter

    hi. I am being bullied at work by my line manager. My headteacher seems to be colluding with her and between them seem desperate to get rid of me. My line manager reported me to the head saying I wasn't doing my job properly so I was put on a support plan. Then straight on to a capability before I could blink. I have done my job successfully for over 20years. But my line manager has suddenly taken a dislike to me. As if I have rubbed her up the wrong way and this is her way of getting rid of me. ( she has done this with other people) I have got Union involved and the governors but it's 7 weeks since I spoke to the governors and I've not heard anything since. It's got so bad that I am off with stress and on medication for depression. I am desperately looking for another job. I feel so overwhelmed by it all and don't know what to do next. Any advice?
  2. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    I was wondering what the issue would be this time.

    Didn't take long to get there...

    Sorry to hear this. Your case is increasingly common and reflects on the quality of management in our schools and not on your performance. I hope you get a happy resolution. There are plenty of people here who can offer you good advice.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Yes indeed, as @Scintillant says, another poster has come with another unhappy example all too soon.
    I am really sorry for you. @Bubblesz

    The only advice can be:

    1. Ensure that you are in touch with your GP and following the medical advice for the sake of your health

    2. Ensure also that you are in touch with your Union and also following their advice. If you take on someone else to help you (a lawyer, in particular), it is very likely that your Union will withdraw their support.

    So follow this advice, and keep strong.

    Best wishes

  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Sorry to say this but after 20 years you are too expensive. I don't actually believe that but that is the reality many of us are finding ourselves in. Is it 20 years in one school? If so, the new breed of manager sees that as weakness, that you've not challenged yourself by skipping from school to school in 2-3 year jumps.

    As for capability, ideally you should have negotiated an exit strategy as soon as the word was mentioned. Unfortunately it goes on your references.

    Look after your health, it is paramount. So sorry this has happened to you.
  5. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    Yes, take your GP's advice and the advice of your union.

    You might also find it useful to phone the Teacher Support Network for someone to talk to and they are available 24/7.

    Try to take one day at a time and take this time to get well.
  6. Bubblesz3

    Bubblesz3 New commenter

    Thanks to all of you who have replied. I am a Learning Mentor so I'm not that expensive to keep. And I have only been in this school for 7 years. Having worked in 3 other schools. But never before have I come across such as this. I have realised that my health is important to me. So thanks. I will follow my doctors advice and also that of my union rep. Does it go on your references even if it turns out to be because of the bullying?
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I doubt that it would be mentioned.

    Good luck!

  8. Bubblesz3

    Bubblesz3 New commenter

    Thank you.
  9. sabrinamlebuka

    sabrinamlebuka New commenter

    try the teacher's support network
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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  11. mrsmusic78

    mrsmusic78 New commenter

    I have been in a similar situation.
    Please ask your Union to send a representative that can help with harrassment and bullying. Your local rep may not be strong enough.
    I say this because my original rep encouraged me to go along with a 15 week support package which could've been nipped in the bud much earlier if I'd known!
    If you ever want to let off steam, try not to do it with colleagues that could use it against you and keep a copy of every email, letter and request minutes to every meeting.
    Good luck, and above all, your health is more important.
  12. Bubblesz3

    Bubblesz3 New commenter

    Thanks. I have a good union rep. But she suggested an "exit plan" I'm not keen on that as I feel that I would be saying I was in the wrong. When I'm not. I have kept a log and printed off every e mail from them both. It's the waiting that's bugging me now. It's 8 weeks since I met with the governors. How did your situation turn out? Did it work out for you?
  13. yrubdus

    yrubdus New commenter

    It's pointless going to governors for help - if you are in a union go straight to the rep and make sure they help you .

    This link takes you to finally a bully is caught - only union protection will help you

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  14. yrubdus

    yrubdus New commenter

    Only Union protection is strong enough to prevent bullying headteacher otherwise they prey on your fears and bully other staff who you think are your firiends to make statements against you.
    see the article
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  15. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    These last two posta are contrary to the terms of the website forums

    You must nor
    • post content which refers to individual schools, colleges or agencies - or their staff - whether by name, or identifiable by a pseudonym or any other means;
    Best wishes


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