I have had another teacher come to express their sympathies relating to what should be confidential information about my appraisal and an appeals process I am currently involved in. I asked how they came to hear of this and it turns out that my line manager had shared the information with them. The person in question is not part of any leadership team and should not have been privy to details about my appraisal. The person who spoke to me about this did not mean anything malicious and I do believe they were meaning well. However, I am a little annoyed. Not at them, at my line manager. Am I justified in feeling annoyed? It very much feels as if my line manager has treated it as idle gossip with another member of staff? As far as I was aware, only your line manager, the head and governors if it goes to appeal should have confidential information about someone else's appraisal shared with them.