Where to start? I was very happy (and successful) as a classroom teacher. My HoD gave notice to retire, thus creating a promotion opportunity. This was an internal vacancy. Most of my department applied, as did I. I was successful. One of my colleagues does not seem to have accepted this and is being very obstructive - all in a very nice and 'reasonable' manner - obstructive, never-the-less. He is stopping me from introducing much needed change and my confidence is definately taking a knock. He is very clever with his objections. For example, he will not openly object during a meeting when certain issues are raised but he does not carry out any of his actions. When challenged, he says that he never agreed. This is true, but he never challened the actions allocated to him at the time. He waits until I bring the matter up then points out, very reasonably, why he hasn't done them. Following this meeting, he continues with this until things get to a head and my line manager gets involved. I feel that I have been very clear with what he needs to do, as well as setting realistic timings. All minuted. His supposed reasonableness makes me feel inaffective. My constant reliance on my line manager to get even the simplest of actions done by him makes me feel inaffective - as if I can't achieve things without their help. I know that involving my line manager is the appropriate thing to do, that he is in the wrong and that I am being very reasonable. Never-the-less it is wearing me down. I am also personally dissappointed as we always had a very supportive relationship before my promotion. He is very bitter about it, doesn't rate me as a HoD and has little respect for me. I am sticking to my guns by not shying away from allocating him tasks, as I do other members of the department, but I don't see his attitude changing. Just wanted to off-load as it has been a really *hit day today and I feel very low about it all. I am seriously considering resigning my promotion. I feel as if the only thing that stops me is the fact that he will then be appointed. Sigh.