The Deputy at my school had it in for me. I went on WRS sick leave. It's breaking up my relationship and I've been told maybe that's what she wanted from the start because she saw my partner as her mate and I got in the way. She told us that her 'nutter husband' (her words) had accused her of having an affair with my partner (who works at the same school as us) and was coming to the school to sort him out, she mentioned a knife. She talks about me outside of school and socialises with the parents of kids in my class - one of their Mums is her best friend- I couldn't get anywhere with this particular class of kids difficult parents and didn't realise that one was her best friend and that she was talking about me outside school with her again and that the Deputy's son mixed with them at football or whatever. She has hated it whenever I've pushed and tried to get the help the kids in my class needed - she took them off their IEPs in spite of some needing the extra support - so much so that their parents got them extra help from our schools own TAs and LSAs privately outside school. (our TA and LSAs already go above and beyond but are afraid of repercussions themselves I guess as sometimes they pass on info to staff because they feel that the teachers who will be effected by decisions should know that decisions are being made behind the teachers backs which will directly effect their classes, but they plead with the teachers not to say where that info has come from - in their words 'keep me out of it', 'don't say it was me who told you' etc) The Deputy has humiliated and taken the micky out of me in front of visitors and staff, she mocks my age, my height, my clothes, my relationship (he works in the same school and I've been told she resents me being happy with him - but she'll get her way because this whole mess is driving us apart). My family want me to walk away but I am so angry at it making me want to die and destroying the job I love that I am finding it hard to do that. I am on anti-depressants, I have got my Union involved but the compromise package worries me because I shall quickly be out of money whilst still on anti-depressants and it's unlikely my Dr will say I'm fit for work in another school and I'm not sure teaching is for me anymore but after 31 years involved in education it feels like a bereavement to leave it. I'm a mess.