A friend of mine who works at my old school has given in to the unreasonable demands of the job and agreed to take a compromise agreement at the early stages of informal competency proceedings. His final day of employment was the 31st March. I phoned another friend today to ask her to add my name to his leaving card and to get his home address so I could send a small gift - he has worked for the school for 10 years and for the local authority for 32 years. I was shocked to find that there had been no leaving collection and in fact, the Head did not even refer to him at the Easter end of term drinkies when gifts were given to other staff leavers. OK, he has been off sick with stress related illness since the end of December but even so, I would have expected some mention by the Head that he had now 'retired'. Apparently, no staff there have been told that he is not coming back, they think he is still off sick and, although some suspect what has happened, only the close friends he spoke to are in the picture. Even the second in department who has stepped in to do much of the work (my other frined there, hence my knowledge of what has happened) has not officially been told anything. Is that normal practice?