Headteachers have been successfully conspired against, removed from their posts and their careers destroyed as a result of concerted gossip, well planned grievances and, in some cases although not all, by weak education officials.
Far from being a suburban myth, the evidence to date suggests that this is largely also a rural reality.
Ewan Chalmers may care to imagine what chance a new headteacher would have if his "inherited praetorian guard of largely non-teaching deputes", as he puts it, was hostile, or what chance a headteacher would have if those who had failed to win the head's post determined to subvert the new headteacher.
No two schools are alike: Ewan Chalmers's experience clearly has not included individuals or staffs bullying his headteachers. Bullying of headteachers is not universal, but it has and is taking place.
I am happy to learn in confidence of other examples.
Colin Campbell Shuttle Street Kilbarchan