There have been many cases of bullying and I too have experienced it. Now that my case and the cases of my colleagues are 'out the way' I can give advice to others. This is what you need to consider if you feel like taking action against you Head Teacher: 1. Do not rely on your colleagues. Even if they are fully aware what is going on, they will not stand by you and they may even cross the street rather than speak to you. 2. Do not rely on the Governors. Even if they are fully aware of what is going on in your school, they are unlikely to take your side. 3. Keep your mouth shut, carry on as best you can and apply for any job to get you out of that school. Don't tell the school that you are being interviewed by what is going on and why you want to leave. Head Teachers will see you as a trouble maker if you do. 4. Don't bother bringing your unions in. It will just inflame the situation and most unions no longer have any 'teeth'. Many union reps work for the education sector so ther is a conflict of interest and they don't like to make too many waves. 5. Do leave it too long. If you stay around a bully for too long, you will become worn down by them. At the first hint of bullying, get out of the school even if you have to take a sideways move. 6. For every successful case you see in the newspapers where a Head Teacher has been found guilty of bullying, there are well over one hundred cases where the Head Teacher has 'got away with it'. 7. Don't rely on the law to protect you. Educational Heads seem to have so much power that they are above the law. Develop an exit strategy before it is too late and use it before you are too weak to do anything about it. I have lost my career and my mental health through three years of bullying from my head Teacher. I have sixteen colleagues who have suffered in a similar way. Eight of us went down the grievance route. Five of us took compromise agreements. Three of us went to a tribunal and the Head was found guilty. However, she is still in post, the governors still support her and we are now sixteen teachers who have come together to form a supply agency because no one else will touch us. Why? Because when ever we go for a job and put our past school down on an application form, they phone the Head and she tell them not to touch us with a barge pole. We don't even get an interview. So take this as words to the wise. If you are in teaching, you must accept that the head can do anything to you and your only escape is out the door. There is no justice, so don't bother looking for it. Fortunately, not all Heads are bullies and some schools are a pleasure to be in.