My English department runs despite the departmental principal teacher - we work under her shadow most of the time and I’d post a list of her antics if they were not too revealing. However, a year ago, after a week when we were all close to taking out a grievance against her, she gathered us together and announced she was diagnosed with cancer. We sat in stunned silence and one of us offered “if there’s anything we can do?” to which she responded “Well I don’t feel very supported by any of you so I wouldn’t ask any of you”. Stunned silence again. Soon after, she was absent, produced doctors lines for the headteacher which this week we discovered did not mention cancer or her treatment on them - data protection on GO’s part? I don’t know. We’ve learned much. The teacher claims she received treatment in Glasgow, at a specialist clinic. Could we pry further? Would teaching institutions investigate? What next? Thoughts, please?