My first post! Hope it works!
i’d really appreciate some advice as I am getting absolutely knackered and really struggling. I’m currently returning to work after a relapse in September and new diagnosis. I’m a primary school teacher and normally work four days a week.
I’m doing a phased return over five weeks so going from 1/2 day, full day, 2 days, 3 days, 4 days (week after next). During the phased return I don’t need to do playground duties o clubs after school. Week after next I’m expected to be back on full days and duties.
My headteacher refuses to discuss or change this plan. She’s said I “have to” be back four days week after next. The RTW plan is meant to be reviewed weekly but hasn’t though I’ve told the HT how tired I am and that it’s taking a day in bed to recover from a day in school.
It’s taking me forever at the weekends to do planning and marking because I’m so tired and can’t concentrate.
You’ll get the impression that HT isn’t sympathetic and thinks I’m milking the situation. I actually went to work for three days when the relapse happened and I couldn’t move my right legs and left off seeing a GP for three days because I didn’t want to take time off work. The GP had her head in her hands when she found this out (I was admitte distraught to hospital).
There is one lovely school governor who is supporting me (the HT refused to tell the governors what was wrong with me etc even though they have a duty of care). I am going to talk to CAB and my Union.
Any other advice would be great. Any ideas about reasonable adjustments that I could ask for and that have helped.
Look forward to hearing from you all, Jules