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Ever been bullied or made to feel so ill you ended up off with stress or resigned? Please read.

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by dht46, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. dht46

    dht46 New commenter

    I am currently one of the many on here being bullied at work by my head and made to feel so stressed that am now off ill. I was horrified by the amount of posts on here with people having the same thing happen to them and have decided to try to find out just how many of us there are out there. If you are one of these or know of someone in the same position just reply here. Maybe if we can show how widespread this is we may get someone to do something about it.
  2. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I haven't been in that position myself, but have certainly seen some fabulous teachers forced out
  3. BenjaminBoxer

    BenjaminBoxer New commenter

    Been there, had it done to me. Taken to the very edge of my existence. Saved by my GP and NHS.

    Sounds like the TES should be picking this up for a feature.

    There are simply too many independent accounts for this to be simply down to those with axes to grind. These human tragedies don't suit the agenda of a very right wing press ("all public servants are lazy") owned by multi-billionaires promoting their agendas and so is largely ignored.

    My boss was cheating at GCSE, yet with top GCSE results and the best (clean) coursework in the dept they forced me to walk the plank.

    Come on TES, this is a story that needs telling!
  4. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Not happened to me but do feel that it will happen soon.

    I've seen plenty of other staff, especially older staff (especially those on UPS), moving on or retiring early due to the pressures of work. All happened in the last five years. It's a disgrace.
  5. Twinkles

    Twinkles New commenter

    I'm off at Easter - never thought it would happen to me.
  6. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    I could have written this.

    (My GP says the only people he sees with horrendous levels of workplace stress are teachers).
  7. Belle60_3

    Belle60_3 New commenter

    Yes, psycho games, being undermined and being spoken like sh1t eventually ground me down and made me think I was losing my marbles. My self esteem took a dive and I can honestly say it was one of the worst experiences I've ever gone through. It made me ill, paranoid, depressed, and at times, suicidal - and if you knew me you'd be shocked because I'm considered a tough cookie by everyone who knows me well. Loved the job but some of the people I worked with were spiteful, vindictive and down right malicious. I miss my job and the kids, but not that awful, soul destroying environment. Glad to be out of it.
  8. guinnesspuss

    guinnesspuss Star commenter

  9. dht46

    dht46 New commenter

    This is terrible. Come on everyone pass the word lets see just how many of us there are and maybe someone will take up our case or at the very least we can gain support from each other.
  10. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    I managed to catch things before they got too out of hand, but I still had to have some time off work and whilst I left that school at the end of the school year it wasn't until the following easter that I felt I was back to myself and I lost the last of my physical symptoms that summer.
  11. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter



    ... damaged yet not destroyed, I'm now in a lovely school and have left all the sh1te stuff behind me.
  12. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Me too!

    By a miracle, I managed to get a promotion in another school. I vowed I would never do to others what has been done to me!
  13. cloudmonkeys

    cloudmonkeys New commenter

    I have been bullied twice and I can only say that these people appal me. Why do some people treat others so very badly? I am not perfect but I would never dream of driving colleagues to resign, feel humiliated, become depressed and so on. Then these people pay lip service to anti-bullying campaigns!!

    In both cases where I was a victim, the perpetrators were very subtle but successful. I left the last school before I was placed on capability. Being UPS3 was not in my favour, nor was being more experienced and honest than the cheating colleagues in my dept.who I was ashamed to work with.
  14. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    Being UPS3 is like walking round with a target on your back these days.
  15. 1Moofacle

    1Moofacle New commenter

    You are not, by any means, alone. Bullying is now endemic in the modern teaching profession, which by its very nature is inculcated with egocentricism, paranoia and viciousness - particularly, I am sorry to say, amongst women against other women. The old values of professional trust, camaraderie, mutual valuing and shared care and concern for the best outcome for each individual child are long gone. Instead, we have a systematically underfunded, politicised and commercialised educational system at breaking point, which ultimately finds its home in the vocational and psychological breakdown of those who are employed, first and foremost, to buttress systems failures; and by default, found guilty and wanting. Heads easily roll. Their tenure is less certain than that of the average football manager Middle management does its best to deflect responsibility whether delegated from above or below, for fear of outcome. Those at the bottom for the food chain, get by on their ability to pimp their line management, rather than any real teaching ability. If you have suffered a breakdown or stress as a direct result of working in the current educational system and recognised it, then good for you! It means that you are are a normal, loyal, decent, caring, hard-working human being who has much to offer any other profession, than teaching today. So, good luck. Get out now and go for it; and never, ever, for one moment, believe that you did anything less than your best, or that you are in any way at fault.
  16. ValentinoRossi

    ValentinoRossi Star commenter

    A rather generalised sweeping statement? Do you have more than anecdotal evidence for this?
    install likes this.
  17. joLT

    joLT New commenter

    Am on UPS. Put on "informal capability" for needing to tidy my classroom. Repeatedly told I'm not good enough, even though I always get good during OFSTED. Can't do anything right. Leaving soon. My confidence has been destroyed. Everyone knows that when I'm gone it will be somebody else's turn!
  18. sez142

    sez142 New commenter

    Happened to me in my first ever teaching job. Second job could see it coming so have left with settlement etc.

    Now considering whether I even want to teach at all. I finished my PGCE in 2013.
  19. fishtoe

    fishtoe New commenter

    Yes it happened to me.

    Yes my doctor had to sign me sick notes although it was bullying that made me ill. Hadn't seen a doctor for over 20 yrs.

    Good teachers are cheap teachers now. Nothing to do with your ability or experience.

    I remember when UPscale came in I had a funny feeling about it all.

    Might as well have an X on your forehead!
  20. fishtoe

    fishtoe New commenter

    Thing is you are made to sign to keep your mouth shut.

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