Good evening, My wife is a PGCE student at one of the England's universities. She is currently at her second placement school and has been bullied by her mentor. Her mentor is a senior and powerful member of staff. My wife refused to accept bullying and situation has become intolerable. It is now becoming obvious that the school will do everything to fail her. She complained to university tutor but was told that there is nothing they can do about it, and it is becoming obvious that they do not want to do anything. Most of the advice we read in the forums was not to give up, keep complaining and create as much noise as possible. Below are some questions we have and would very much appreciate if you could share any answers/advice: 1. What is the legal standing of the Trainee teacher at PGCE placement school? The school Staff Handbook does not have any information about complains procedure for bullied teachers, in fact no complains procedures at all, except for parents complaints. 2. What are the appropriate complaints processes in this scenario? School seems to be an obvious party at fault, but Trainee teachers seem to have no rights there (not employees) University does not want to hear about this for obvious reasons. 3. Are there any routes for complaints to OFSTEAD? They seem to have a process to complain about OFSTEAD and a whistleblower line, none seem to apply in this case? 4. Is it worth spending any time talking to the unions? The problem is the bully in question is the union representative at school and is too powerful anyway, all representatives would be scared to do anything against the bully, can't expect any fair resolution within the school. 5. Do you have any advice on how to start a legal process in this scenario? Can you recommend any lawyers who worked on similar cases? Again, what process has to be followed? I have read on the internet that some legal cases against schools were lost because the required process was not followed. Thank you all very much for your help. Please share your views on any of the questions above.