I have been a teacher in the same school for 10 years now. I like to think that I am reasonably good at my job and can just keep my head down and get on with things. We had a new headteacher take over last year and since then, the morale of pretty much the whole school has plummeted. I was called into her office last week where she just launched into "why have your literacy books not been marked for a significant amount of time?" She wanted to know if I had a problem with marking as the previous headteacher had mentioned to her that I had been pulled up on this before (about 7 years ago after I had split up with my fiance of 10 years, there was a period of time where, surprisingly, I cared very little about school!) the only way the new head would have known about my books was if she had gone into my room when I wasn't there and looked through them. I put my hands up and say that, yes, I had neglected them for a few weeks but I had spoken to the children during lessons and shown them how to improve etc and surely I am not the only teacher who does this? I don't make a habit of leaving them for weeks at a time usually, it just seemed unfortunate timing. That was just 1 incident of my confidence being chipped away. Fast forward to yesterday. We had sent out mid term reports to the parents on thursday. These are an A4 sheet with 2 charts for attainment and effort in literacy and numeracy and a general comments box. The parents have a reply slip to return with space for any general comments and a chance for them to speak to the class teacher. A slip came back from a mother whose child I teach for literacy with a lot of personal, negative and scathing comments about my teaching abilities. This same mother then approached me on the playground after school and (in front of three other teachers and her son)and stated that I had crucified her son on his report. I said that i wasn't going to discuss it on the playground but she kept on. I walked away, leaving her on the playground, still going on about the report (of which my contribution was 4 ticked boxes) The deputy head came out and sent her home. Our head was not in school yesterday but this is being mentioned to her on monday. I just feel like this is further evidence for the head to just confirm the suspicions that she seems to have about me being an incompetent teacher. I am so tearful and am constantly feeling demotivated. Has anyone else experienced something similar? Just looking for friendly and postive comments please! Thank-you for reading if you have made it this far!