Hi I was wondering if anyone else had experienced anything quite like this: I started a new position in September of this year, and even before the start of my contract, I was experiencing bullying from my HOD. It got to the point where I had to avoid her in order to survive each day. She was aggressive, intimidating and would tell me off in front of students for anything and everything, once even for smiling! I brought this to the line-manager's attention, in this case also the Head. Not much was done, a 'mediation' meeting, in which the 'mediator' (a deputy Head, very good friends with the HOD) could not control the HOD, and all that was accomplished through it was my being granted access to resources. The bullying issue was not even referred to. In fact, I was told off by the mediator for using 'strong terminology' when I stated I felt intimidated. The situation only deteriorated after that. During later meetings with the Head, I was told that I she did not think there was more to resolve, and that if I was not comfortable, I should leave. Understandably, I was taken aback, and asked how this would affect me for future applications, and the Head responded: so long as you do not take out a formal grievance, I needn't worry. Even the union rep within school did not think things would improve if I decided to stay on. Needless to say, I handed in my resignation. I was signed off sick for a few weeks by my doctor as the situation was seriously affecting me. The school wrote to me saying I had to send cover every day over the weeks I was away or I'd be in breech of my contract. (Only later on did my union tell me I was not expected to). Last week, they disabled all access to my email and files, and have refused to restore access. The union did not help. They have now deducted several hundred pounds from my wages to cover the cost of two books I have in my possession, which I have already told them they will have back before the end of my contract. The union did not help, and have still not assisted me. I contacted ACAS, who said this was clearly unlawful deduction, and I informed the school to this effect. The school have turned around saying that ACAS is wrong, and have used the ambiguous terminology on the contract to further their argument. I am off sick to reduce the stress levels caused by the bullying in that school, and they still continue to make life stressful for me by this highly inappropriate and unusual behaviour. My union has not helped one bit, I'm at my wits end, any help will be appreciated. Its sad that the school will get away with this behaviour. Is there any way I can expose them?