I recently joined a large (10 members of staff) department last summer. I beat two internal candidates to the position. One was the head of year 7 and the suject teacher (science) and the other was the head of biology and second in charge. I arranged to meet my dept in the summer term etc, and they told me that certain things needed changing. I said id come back in prior to the end of term to begin working with them and possibly begin changing things, if they wanted to....... (i was going to wait until i had settled....) when i came in the second time, they said that it was too late now and too keep things the same as it "has been that way for a while now". I thought ok, I dont want to change too much too soon, and thought i would use the time to assess the dept and curriculum etc, to make changes slowly but surely. Anyway, 6 months on........ every little problem is my fault. Behaviour problems, coursework problems, curriculum problems, and it all stems from these 2 people! They constantly turn their nose up at ideas, yet offer no real ideas of their own (except when they get a good deal, ie easy teaching etc) and forget that i was willing to change things before i started in time for the new term!!! one of the these members of staff just constantly moans at everything little thing that is wrong, (even trivial things) they neglect their duties, and i dont feel supported by these so called experienced members of staff. Ive walked into the office when they have been talking about me, and then it goes quiet when i enter. SLT are aware of the problems, and they are fairly supportive, but these two are literally making work a living nightmare. i hate going in at the moment. Whilst i appreciate that it part of my job and not there to be liked, im not paid to feel like this. ive tried asking for opinions, to include them on how to improve the subject and dept, but they offer nothing. or just give stupid remarks and replies. They are good teachers, but simple things like clearing up classroom and practical equiptment like glasses, stools, books, etc, after lessons is not being done. nor is meeting parents of pupils who are behind on courseowrk or misbehaving in lessons, recording of detentions and chasing up of students who fail to attend. It is left up to junior members and myself. And when i try to bring the matter up i get a load of abuse of how they are to busy etc (in alot worse language!!!!!) Im begining to wish i hadnt taken the job........ i dont know how to solve the issue and i am getting more and more down each day. Ive had a pretty bad time this year (2011!!!) already losing my mum and sister and I also miscarried, (to which i got moaned at for having time off by these two people). i dont know how much more i can take!!!! rant over!!! any help and advice would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!