Hi all, Let me start by apologising in advance for a bit of an essay, but I want to try and ensure that all of the details are covered as best as possible. This doesn't relate to me directly but involves my partner, who is also a teacher. She is currently experiencing a very difficult time working with a particular colleague who, due to the nature of their roles, she is required to work very closely with on a day to day basis. This has come to a head recently, to the extent that yesterday my partner felt unable to physically leave the house and go to work as she couldn't face working with this particular colleague. When she did finally get into work she went and explained all of the issues and ongoing problems to her headteacher, who was very understanding and concerned about what is going on. It should be noted that this is not the first time that my partner (or some of the other members of staff) has flagged these concerns, but it is probably the most extreme that things have got to. Today she has gone in and things have not improved and once again she became very distressed and anxious. When she spoke to the Headteacher regarding the issue again, the Head, clearly trying to be forthright and 'decisive' decided to try and resolve the situation by going and getting the colleague who has been involved in the issues and holding an impromptu meeting to try and solve the situation. Unfortunately, this largely turned into the other colleague rounding on my partner with various complaints or patronising comments and the Headteacher largely supporting the other colleague. Naturally, my partner felt very let down and attacked by the Head and didn't feel that the meeting had in any way been a balanced discussion as she struggles to form her thoughts when in a situation where she is clearly emotional and anxious. As a result she ended up largely apologising for her own actions when, in my (admittedly somewhat biased) opinion, she is not in the wrong. Off the back of this she has visited the doctor this afternoon and been signed off for two weeks, as well as strongly considering submitting her notice next week so she can leave at Easter. However, my feeling in relation to all of this is that such a meeting over such an ongoing, difficult issue should not have been held in such an impromptu fashion and that a member of the school's HR team should have been present in order to appropriately mediate and record the discussion. What do others think? The headteacher at the school is new to the role and I feel this is an instance where she has mishandled this situation, to the extent that it has actually worsened my partner's anxiety and distress. I actually work as a member of the same trust and feel that something needs to be said about this incident to the HR team, what do you think?