Dear All I am coming to the end of my NQT year which has been challenging for having a difficult HOD. I work in a drama department of two at a private school. I've felt undermined and bullied by my HOD which I have reported to my line manager. The last incident involved her speaking badly about me to other members of staff (including some senior management). I received an apology for this but wished to take things further and report her to the Head. I was told to avoid doing this as he was 'useless at dealing with her.'. She's been suspended before for bullying a student. I decided a few weeks ago to leave and apply for another job. I went to see the school I was thinking of applying to last week and realised that I love where I teach - my HOD is the only issue I have. I've arranged a meeting with the Headmaster tomorrow in which I would like to outline the issues I've had this year from the point of view of the professional way in which I would like to work and see the department working as well. I spoke to my union last week who were very supportive. My HOD has isolated the department and her way of working from the rest of the school. I would like to see us working far more with departments such as music (which my HOD despises) as well as far more extra-curriclar work. At the moment, we do one production a year which, last year, dominated the entire Autumn term at the expense of teaching. Any advice on the best way forward with this would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.