I was off sick for two weeks and had not seen the students. I was notified by email that I was having an observation on my return to school with a class I had not taught and did not know if they were doing the work set. My HOD even said to them that it was unfair but they insisted that it was going ahead and that the HOD should 'keep out of it' as it was none of her business. They claimed that it was an unsatisfactory lesson - two students talking, one student they considered was 'unchallenged', they reckoned the homework would take over an hour - when I showed them on the board what was invoved and why it would only take 10 minutes to do, they said 'oh didn't know that'. then they held up a piece of paper - which was for the students to name the relevant areas. They said 'what is this and what does it have to do with the lesson?'. I told them that it was linked to the starter activity (they had not been there for that) and it was to reinforce what we had done and whether they could relate the images to the names etc. I also completed all the lesson = even the plenary. My HOD complained saying no way was it unsatisfactory and was told 'you have nothing to do with her, you don't ask how she is doing, or ask anyone observing her how she is doing'. That was September - in November, I was called to the Head's office and was told that as a result of <u>the</u> observation, they were putting me on informal cababilities and I would be assisted by my HOD for planning of observations, an AST specialising in my subject, and the local LEA management team. Puzzling really, how could the head tell me a few months before that I was a good teacher and then, as I put in a grievance because of discrimination (long story) that all of a sudden, I am the bad guy and find that I am being penalised. In addition, how could the HOD assist me with my planning, when told to 'have nothing to do with me'. Just wondered - can they do that? Give you an observation two months prior and no further observations and then tell you two months after the observation that they are putting you on informal cababilities. I thought that in order to assess you for cababilities that they would have to have had a few poor observations. As the situation has not improved in terms of the discrimination and the treatment I am getting from other members of staff since I raised the grievance with the Governors, I don't know how I stand. I know that as this is continual acts of discrimination, that I can go to the ET now, as I could use today's date as the last act. However, I do not know if what they did in terms of the informal capabilities can be raised at a tribunal or not. Anyone keyed up on capabilities and what the correct way is i.e. can they put you on informal for just ONE observation. I suppose I could understand ifI had several observations and they had all been unsatisfactory - but this was the first unsatisfactory I had got in all the 6 years that I have been there. Any knowledge of the capability procedure and the right way to do things will be much apprecited. I don't want him to get away with what he is doing to me or to other teachers etc.