The Grievance Procedure is the formal process through which one employee can bring a complaint about the way that they have been treated by another employee. It allows a teacher to take formal action against the behaviour of a more senior colleague, but its use is not exclusive to such situations.
Each school Governing Body has to adopt its own procedure, although most follow a common model.
The upholding of a teacher's grievance may lead to a range of management actions from conciliation to restoring some previous working practice, to the instigation of disciplinary proceedings.
A Grievance can be pursued in writing or through a hearing at which evidence can be presented and witnesses produced.
If a member is considering taking out a Grievance, or has had one taken out against them, it is important to seek the advice and support of the local NUT Office.
These arise when a number of members have the same grievance or an individual grievance raises a matter of principle. Such disputes must be pursued by the Union.
Bullying has become more widespread in schools as stressed managers pass the pressure on. Bullying is not 'effective management'. It should not be tolerated in schools.
Bullies often target victims in "sequence" - having subdued one person they then move to another. Is there evidence of bullying at your school? Personal confrontation of a bully is only likely to succeed in the early stages of the problem and victims should seek support.
If you think you may be being bullied :
YOUR UNION CAN HELP
CONTACT THE OFFICE AT:
22 EDMUND ST., BRADFORD.