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  1. I have been diagnosed with depression and have been having treatment for several years (at least 3 but on and off for 10) sometimes medicinal sometimes therapy sometimes both, the school do know this and the OH report they received confirms this, hence one of the reasons for the risk stress assessment 18 months ago. I have contacted my union and have been assigned a rep higher up the chain than my HOD. She does however know my HOD quite well which does worry me a little, we met on Tuesday and she does seem quite good. I have been following school policies re sanctions, probably more so than most, however the students do not turn up to teacher detention or subsequent head of department detentions some then do turn up to the whole school detentions but by then it is several weeks down the line from the original incident and the detentions are backing up. "Irrespective of that I would be inclined to re-address the fact that they have not followed their policies and procedures with respect to the meetings you should have had or provided the support they agreed to at the meeting 18 months ago." I am not at all certain any support was agreed 18 months ago other than monitoring (which as far as I am aware didnt happen) but it certainly was not revisited so that any support that would have then been applicable as the situation worsened could be implemented.
  2. I have had no changes to duties or extra support to limit factors. All that happened was one meeting 18months ago to go through the risk assessment form that I insisted was completed in line with recommendation from OH. No follow up Meetings have been had since, the form States that there should be at least one after 6 months and then at least yearly. If anything the school has moved over to a model that provides less support to the teacher (they are expected to sort the problems out themselves) and I have been given no more support than any other teacher, probably less than some as I expect that it is assumed that at 6ft 5" I can handle it. One of the teaching standards is behaviour management so if your class does not make the expected progress and you cite behavioural problems as a reason then it is my heads position, as he stated to myself with my union rep present, that you would not be meeting that standard and could be placed on capability (the death knell to a teaching career). Considering behaviour was stated as one of the risk factors I thought that this statement was particularly unhelpful. It is not one particular student but behaviour in general and two classes in particular (I teach 13) which have a lot of students in them that have been causing lots of problems across the school. One student was introduced into my worst class on a managed move from another school in September. He was moved into my school because of behavioural problems at another school. Because of his behavioural problems in my school he has been expelled/sent back by late November. To have that done in 3 months is very unusual it will only happen due to very poor behaviour. Trying to make progress with a class that have nearly a third or more who really will not cooperate/don't care/just want to mess about is sole destroying and very stressful when you career in dependent on all your classes making the expected progress. (We are expected to get 3 levels of progress out of 90% of students in a class and 45% four levels of progress if we do not then we can are told we will fail performance management and be put onto capability Nationally all but he very brightest students make less progress than that so woe is you if you have a low set. )
  3. Went to first session of cbt yesterday and Dr is deciding whether or not to refer me up the system as my symptoms were very severe.
  4. I suppose it is not strictly the sack being placed on capability but it is a rare day indeed that anyone gets through it and most resign before it is invoked to protect what is left of their career. The conversation went like this after she had explained a little of the situation. Me "I am screwed aren't I? Her" I think so, I have contacted a caseworker from the union who can handle your case" Note she had already contacted the caseworker. NASUWT
  5. I just wanted to clarify I am a teacher and I expressed that I found dealing with very disruptive pupils particularly stressful especially when there was little backup and I had expresed this in the stress assessment as a trigger. I have had a particularly difficult class for 3 years now, they are failing across the school I believe due to behavioural issues. For several years I have been flagging up the problems both verbally and via email. Yet when I went to the head recently I was told that any teacher citing behavioural issues as a reason that a class underperformed could be deemed to have failed the teaching standards and put onto capability. Since then I had a learning walk where the observer noted a poor atmosphere in the classroom with little work being done, I had just had to issue whole school detentions (the highest sancation available to me) because they had previously done little work, failed to turn up to the teacher detention set due to little work and homework not attempted, then failed to turn up to the subsequent HOD detention and so I had now issued the WSD. I had previously flagged up the serious problems with he class. About 30-40% of the class are at least 2 grades below target across 6 or more subject across the school. Several have appeared on the board in the staff room where senior managers ask for strategies to get work out of individual pupils,. Following the learning walk it appears that the pupils were interviewed and they were quite vitriolic about me, though I have not had any official feedback about what was asked or said by the pupils, nor have I had a right of reply the class has now been taken away from me and will now be taught by a non specialist cover teacher. It is following this that my HOD and regional union rep told me she thought I was going to be put onto capabilities. (Capabilities for a teacher is the pretty much the death knell as it goes on you permanent record and will make it extremely hard to find another job in teaching.) BTW I passed my recent performance managment in July this year. I have had three lesson observations in the last 6 months all rated "good" the most recent one was two weeks ago.
  6. She is my HOD and not strictly my line manager she was acting as my line manager last year whilst a replacement line manager was reqruited. She is not the union rep in the company she is the regional union rep. During our conversation she said that she had already arranged a case worker for me.
  7. Several yearsmall ago I was off sick with stress depression and was diagnosed as such by GP and OH. OH stated that as such the equality act 2010 probably applied. I am wanting help from OH with issues at work that I have struggled with and we're raised as stressor in my stress assessment that I carried out on return to work. Tbh I teach and was off with stress partly from dealing with disruptive (very disruptive to everyone in the school) pupils with very little support from senior managers, in fact some support had been removed school wide. Since then 18 months ago the risk assessment has not been revisited despite me being patently struggling with the very issues raised in the risk assesment, behaviour and work llife balance. I did try to raise the issues with the head recently but he told me that any teacher that is having problems with behavoir in the class room would be seen to have been failing one of the teaching standards and would face a capability hearing. (Sack) and he has since announced that all teachers would be provided with a much lower level of support in the matter. Surely as this was in the assessment and I am covered in the equality act 2010 then they have failed in their duty of care in not making reasonable adjustments, in fact they have made the conditions worse. So I was being asked to refer to what I felt where their failings in the reference to OH. In addition i was seeking ad is in whether I should disclose that I am transgendered to the school. Many teachers have been driven out or worse (Lucy Meadows committed suicide) once this is disclosed and I was asking for advice frome the local OH. By includING this information in the reference would rather defeat the need for that part of the referral. It it not great when my school was it was described in a recent tribunal as having the worst duty of care management in the area. LEA are apparently investigating.
  8. I went to see senior manager a few weeks ago and asked to be referred but as I was unwilling at the time to fully state the issues the request was declined. They have now said that they will refer me. I have been signed off for 2 weeks and have contacted the union (higher up than my HOD)
  9. I have been in the same job at the same place for 10 years. In 2011 I was diagnosed with work related stress/depression and was signed off for several months. I did return to work on a phased return but did experience some harassment from my boss and after a year or so the problems flared back up and I was signed off for about a month with work related stress/anxiety/depression. Again I came back on a phased return and I insisted on completing an individual stress risk assessment where I listed some of the factors that contribute to the problems. I had one meeting to discuss tge assessment with my line manager this was 18 months ago. Since then there has been no follow ups at all. However i have made it plain that I have been struggling with issues (that were stated as stressors in the IRSA) yet nothing has been done even though it could have easily been. In fact i went to see the senior manager and expressed that I was having problems but was told that anyone not coping in this way would be failing the standards expected and could face a capability proceeding. Since then things gave come to a head and last week I was removed from one of my duties without consultation due to believed failings that are I believe due to problems stated as stressor in the risk assessment that have not been addressed or revisited in the past 18 months. On Monday I was informed informally by my line manager (the union regional rep) that I was likely to be fired. I became seriously stressed having oanic attacks etc by this and texted a colleague at 3am that I felt like topping myself. They told senior managers and they contacted me to tell me to not come in and see my GP whicb I am about to do. I am at the end of my tether and do not know what to do I feel completely unsupported. What was the point of the risk assessment if it is to be ignored like this.? This is a public sector post BTW
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