I have to think quite carefully how to phrase this problem as I think it could be very easily identifiable. I joined my current school quite recently and I am very happy there. I took a pay cut to join the school (lost my TLR) because I found the headteacher to be inspirational and can honestly say that I have learnt a massive amount, and feel that my practice is greatly improved with the support of the SLT. All of this is great so the problem: At the end of last year the HT called me into his office and explained that sadly he had been forced to start competency procedures against one of my colleagues. This person is someone I have known and respected for years but since starting to work with them again realise that their practice needs some attention. He explained that he wanted to lighten her work load to give her chance to act on her targets and asked me if I would share her co-ordinator role, as a temporary post, as he knew that I had done this role very successfully at my previous school. While I was worried about her response I was also really excited by the opportunity. Today we had our first joint meeting with the HT to sort out our action plan, the HT wants me to lead one key stage and her another. She refused to speak at all during the meeting. Eventually the HT sent me out and said that he would speak with me later to resolve some of the issues. I understand her frustration but feel that I just accepted a role which was offered. I thought all of this could be resolved between us as we have a long and happy history and she would come round to the fact that this is a temporary situation to give her the space she needs. Then, as usual, I went to the pub with colleagues for a couple of quickies after work tonight. To my horror absolutely everyone there had been told that I was employed to ensure that she got the sack, and that I had been conspiring against her from the day we met 10 years ago. There are now 7 members of staff that point blank refuse to talk to me, and after a few drinks one of them hurled some very distressing and frankly obscene abuse at me. Two people are apparently going to call the union to complain that I was given the job without it being advertised. Obviously I know that some time needs to pass for people to accept this, but how on earth do I handle this on Monday, especially given that I am running an inset after school?