So I had an email this afternoon, completely out of the blue, asking me to meet the Principal and another member of SLT to “discuss the progress of my classes” and I am filled with absolute dread. I only started at this school in September, after 5 successful years in FE. All my classes are low ability and behaviourally challenging. All of them are under target (as they were last year, from looking at their data). I’ve tried asking for support but none has been forthcoming or someone tries to help but then I’m quickly forgotten about and left to my own devices again. I didn’t even want to go back to school this term but I dragged myself in anyway. On my way home, I gave thought to crashing my car just so I don’t have to face this meeting. How would you approach this meeting? How do I prepare? I don’t even know what the tone of this meeting will be.