I thank everyone for their support about my dilemma and yet the more I read through the several posts from people who seem to be finding themselves in similar situations I get more and more frightened. I read that if I accept a Compromise Agreement my career is effectively over (does that mean supply work too?). I have been signed off for a further period from work and today found out that my blood pressure is 'significantly elevated' something which has never been a problem before. My doctor was alarmed enough by this to suggest I see her again very soon for more readings so that she can get me onto medication asap to control it. I have noticed pains in my right arm and loss of feeling in my middle to little finger on my right hand. All since this started to happen to me. All of this is affecting my mental and physical health and yet all the signals seem to be that the school are going to win and there's little or nothing that I can do about it. I will go to bed tonight and I will lie there with my thoughts spinning around for hours. Eventually I will fall asleep. Then, around 6am I will wake up and my thoughts will immediately jump to the situation I find myself in. I'll lie in bed for hours. Not bothering to get up and in fact it might even get dark again before I get out of bed. I have become agoraphobic. The other day it took THREE attempts just to go to the local shop to buy milk. Panic attacks that I had been able to control previously are now back with a vengeance. I have also been referred to Occupational Health - what happens there and whose 'side' are they on? My doctor said that they would probably require access to my medical records but that I should not worry on that score. My doctor has been fabulously supportive in all of this. EVERYONE that I've related my situaltion to says that I'm being pushed out and bullied and I swear that I have told the story truthfully and not in a way that leaves out any of my shortfalls - I spoke to another teacher (not from my school) today who said that 70% of the teachers in his school would be suspended if getting behind with markiing was a suspension offence. So ... why does the Union person keep saying that my predicament is unlikely to have a positive outcome? I feel like they don't want to get into a fight. Im reading through posts for a glimmer of light but can't see one anywhere! It has been suggested to me that I serve the school AND the Authority with a Subject Access Request (Data Protection Act 1988) requesting all documentation and emails that have me in them or me as the subject as well as my full employment records and any entries about me in the Headteacher's log and in the minutes of any meetings. It has been suggested that I request to be able to record the investigatory interview and (if they refuse to let me) ask for stenographic records to be kept. Others have suggested that this will just p*** them off even more and make them more determined to ruin my life. If these posts are a little disjointed or ramblimg - apologies but I'm sort of typing my thoughts as they come to me. Oh my God! Why is this happening?