Hi, I had bunion surgery on both feet and have been off work for the past three months. I want to go back as I need a routine and being home is getting me down. I can't manage a full day as swelling gets bad as day progresses and it becomes painful to drive. I need to build my time up to manage this. I met Occupational Health who agreed I can't return to full duties and need a built up timetable over 4 weeks. I had been calling the school the entire week before starting to organise what the plan was for my first day back, what i should be planning, etc, but no one got back to me. I was supposed to do three mornings only the first week and when I arrived at school, I was told to go straight to the Head's office for what I thought was a return to work meeting. There was no polite welcome or asking how I was (duty of care??) and when I asked what the plan was that morning I was snapped at and told that I am an experienced teacher and could come up with something and should be more organised- I had tried, and the Office staff member confirmed this as she was minuting the meeting. My Head Teacher organised a timetable for all the time that I was not in class. The timetable evolved by 11am and became ridiculous- in one afternoon session I was expected to update my coordinators file (I've been off for 3 months) to be scrutinised the next day, update on all developments since I had been off, plan for World Book Day, read the RAP and TASK group meeting notes and actions over past three months- our school is in special measures). I was so overwhelmed and my chest began feeling tight. I loved seeing my class and it was so good to be back in the classroom, but I was seriously feeling stressed! At 12pm my Head Teacher stood outside my room with a pile of papers and folders, dumped them by my desk, briefly said what they were and walked out. The supply covering my class for the afternoon came to ask what they were doing that afternoon. I was still marking the mornings books and hadn't thought about the afternoon. I went to check in the office as to who would be providing work for the afternoon and was told they didn't know. At this point, I explained that this did not feel like a phased return and that if I was expected to do this much work on my first day back what was the point of a phased return and that I may as well have been teaching all day. I had a massive breakdown and couldn't stop crying for the rest of the day. I felt awful and lost. I left and was advised by my union not to return until I had had a return to work meeting which I hadn't had. I didn't want to go off but I knew I couldn't cope with what was expected either. Can anyone tell me what a phased return should be? Surely this isn't right and I have a return to work meeting next week. I need to be clear on what to expect and feel really anxious at the moment. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!