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Just curious - what is bullying?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by NobodyKnowstheTrouble, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. NobodyKnowstheTrouble

    NobodyKnowstheTrouble New commenter

    I was wondering whether one would consider this situation bullying or just normal for an NQT year:

    I was a bit overwhelmed first term teaching across KS3, KS4 and KS5; in fact, I was ultimately asked to submit my lesson plans for one class every week and was observed every week. This went on for all of Spring term. It was helpful but towards the end, most comments were minor and it was quite demoralising and frustrating - in passing, I did mention to my NQT mentor who was surprised it had continued for so long. It was frustrating at times, but in retrospect, I wonder if that is bullying?

    I did pass both my probationary period and NQT, but it was annoying at times being micro-managed at all times...


  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    No it isn't bullying. Whether it's normal for an NQT year I can't say, and you haven't really given enough information to judge whether it was reasonable. But it isn't bullying. There's nothing to suggest that they were doing it cause you harm and distress or victimise you.
  3. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I would agree with RW on this. It was an annoyance for you and also an inconvenience but not bullying.

    As you passed, congratulations!!

    Welcome to the mad world of teaching! [​IMG]

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