Hello, I work in a college and next week is the last week of term. An advert has gone out for a course leader in our department to replace the previous course leader who was recently promoted. This week the three course leaders in the department were told that they were going to be observed. This is highly unusual because observations rarely take place in the last week of term and only course leaders will be seen. I understand SMT can observe whenever they wish and that teachers/tutors should be prepared anyway. However, I strongly suspect that the observations may be used as part of a process through which SMT decide which CL should be 'demoted' so the new CL post can be financed. Furthermore, this has been a hell of a year for me and I am not in a good place in my private life (emergency fostering pending for my child and other things). I could really do without this additional stress. I know my performance is going to be bad, but I will do my best. However, I feel totally let down by my place of work.