Hi, I was just after a bit of advice really. I have a colleague who I feel is being bullied by her HoD but is reluctant to take it further/doesn't know how. She has asked if I will be a 'sounding board' so that she can vent without it being official and has also asked for my advice but I feel uncomfortable about this because a) I don't feel her HoD should get away with his behaviour and b) it puts me in a difficult position if she later takes it to SLT. To give a little context, she is not a trained teacher (it's an independent) but started at the school a couple of years ago as a sort of drama assistant (she is a trained actress and has huge amounts of theatre experience) - very part time, directing productions etc. She now has KS3 RS classes (to boost her timetable) and wants drama teaching too but the HoD won't let her. She has also looked into doing GTP but the HoD won't support her in this. She has directed several successful productions and got nothing but negative feedback from her HoD, often very publicly delivered, and he and the theatre technician often discuss her behind her back. She has a written record of recent conversations with him, including a formal meeting she set up to discuss their communication problems and working relationship and they make compelling evidence against him. Unfortunately the HoD has a reputation as something of a 'lone-ranger' and 'maverick' - he is infamous for being rude to pupils (extremely rude), he has been rude to me in front of pupils and the normal rules of the school seem not to apply to him as his results are excellent, no matter what the means required to get them. He is also (IMO) unprofessional for several other reasons but it is the bullying that is the issue here. My colleague is reluctant to go to SLT as she doesn't want it to get back to her HoD and make things worse and she also doesn't want people to think of her as weak and pathetic. I would not consider myself the most sympathetic of people but, having worked with this man myself, I think she is being entirely reasonable and in no way 'pathetic'. I am reluctant to encourage her to go to SLT if she doesn't want to but surely this type of bullying can't go on and I shouldn't allow it to. I suppose I just wondered, what would you advise her to do?