Hi folks, Hope you are having a better holiday than me. I have been teaching since 1990. I think I know what I am doing, most of my children do really well, make jolly good progress etc. Age - 49. That "time of life" where hot flushes and the other 33 symptoms of menopause visit: fatigue, memory loss, fogginess etc etc. I was told to take Y6 maths last July. "We know you get anxious but we think the challenge will be good for you". It was tough; I had taught them in Y5 and they were a very good class with lots of progress (which she later said was why she wanted me to take them again) - I had not taught year 6 group/ level of maths with the new curriculum / mastery before. I was comfortable teaching the y5 groups. Regular working hours were already often 65+ for all the usual reasons. I was exhausted running to keep up/ahead of them- but we soldiered on. In a November lesson dip that lasted for 25 mins in the week after Parents evenings, I was told that not having a plastic cover on a maths exercise book was "indefensible". AND I did not write VF in a pupils book when I went to help. True. A boy rocked back on his chair. True. My pupils had continued to make good progress in y6. I was not expecting an observation or specific feedback, I was expecting a dip.... My HT said she could not defend me. She has told me again that I was "indefensible". I asked her if she was surprised. She said yes, she was actually shocked, I asked her if she wondered WHY - what was going on? She did not reply but asked me if I was up to the job. Well that was the comment that finally made me take a week off to restore my energy levels. I was signed off with Work Related Stress at the end of November; given anti-depressants. GP agreed WR stress was exacerbating my lovely menopause symptoms. My Mum had breast cancer, so HRT too risky. I went back to work for 2.5 days after Feb half term- and absolutely shattered, not re-building stamina at all. Went to Occupational Health today who said that I might have gone back to work too early - for all the right reasons. The OccH Nurse suggested I continue with 2.5 days until the end of the summer term. With - and then I had an absolute panic - a temporary contract for 2.5 days until the end of the summer term, I asked if it could be reviewed at May half term. So WRS, caused by school giving me a new maths group without consultation, exacerbating lovely menopause (which is a disability) means they can cut my salary for the next 5 months until the end of August. This might increase my anxiety further- is this normal? There is no evidence at all for lack of any progress when I am teaching. Can they do this? Do I have any rights at all? When does the duty of care kick in? Please help. Superdupersenco- in distress.