Hi, I have been off sick since Jan due to stress linked with work load, my TT, etc. Two weeks in I suffered a blood clot so have been both physically and mentally unwell. I have had 1 meeting in Feb which I asked for and thought was to discuss reducing my hours but it was HR going through my 'stress questionnaire' and basically telling me that my grievances - such as marking load - were 'in my contract' etc. I had my union rep with me and was in tears by the end of it. I asked to reduce my teaching days to three (I currently do four) and was given a flexible working request form. I filled it in and added my medical records to show the medication I take for DVT. I have been waiting for weeks to hear anything, phoning up and was eventually told by HR that the meeting would be taking place soon between the Head and his Line Manager (I work at an Academy as part of the college.) I was asked if I was happy for it to go ahead without me? My question is - do you think that it would benefit me to attend or will it not achieve anything? I am aware that I became extremely upset by the end of the last one.