Hi, I would be grateful for any advice as I feel like I am at a crossroads. I've been teaching a while - since 2002 - and have always liked and worked hard at my local Academy (part of local college) since 2014. I originally applied because it was part time and I wanted more of a work/life balance but I agreed to do full time. At first everything felt new and exciting and I did really well. As it's FE I was given the option to change my hours a couple of years ago so I dropped to four days. I carried on teaching with a full TT which was crammed into four days. Although a little resentful at this, I decided to carry on but the amount of marking - I teach English - and the pressures of full days eventually led to me not going in in January. I went straight to the GP and broke down, she signed me off with stress. I arranged a meeting to reduce my hours, despite being off. I asked to drop another day. However, I then was diagnosed with DVT and had a big scare with a blood clot. I am now on blood thinning and iron tablets. The hospital gave me another sick note until the end of January which was then extended by my GP (which runs until the 25th Feb, first day back after half term.) I contacted HR as I thought it would make me feel better if I could resolve the teaching hours issue. This Tuesday I had a meeting with the Head, someone from HR and my regional union rep. It did not go as planned. I had filled in a stress questionnaire and had been honest about what had led to my symptoms - not sleeping, chest pains, etc. These were mainly the marking load and my hours. I also pointed out that I had a heavier TT than some FT staff. Without sounding unprofessional, the Head is young and has employed his friends in a certain department. There is a lot of grumbling about the differences in treatment for the staff. I found the HR employee to systematically argue against each of my points in my questionnaire. The Head was also very defensive. I then told them that I thought that this meeting was arranged (by myself!) to address a drop in my working hours. I was given a flexible working form to fill in, but the HR woman said that it would be difficult to recruit for one day. I ended up breaking down into tears and had to leave the room. When I returned, I was told to fill in the form but the rep told me I was not in a fit state to fill it in now. I was so upset by the experience, and have been since, that I have written to the Director of HR - I was controlled in my email and shared what had happened. I also went to my GP who printed off my medical records since Jan. I am now feeling anxious about the outcome of the application. Part of me thinks that they have to accommodate as a duty of care to staff, but the other part thinks that because of what I had put in the questionnaire, and brought up in the meeting, the Head will not help me, citing recruitment or something else as the problem. As this is ongoing, it is not helping me with the stress that I am signed off with. I will have been off for a full half term, but this situation has made me feel terrible. Can anyone offer me any advice on what I can do to help my cause?