Threatened on sick leave

22nd September 1995 at 01:00
A woman lecturer suffering severe stress at work took sick leave, on the advice of her GP, a consultant psychiatrist and occupational health counsellors. The woman, who was taking an Open University course in her spare time, was recommended by the consultant to continue with her studies in order to keep herself busy while she was recovering.

Then a letter from her employers arrived citing her OU work as evidence of malingering and promising disciplinary action would follow. Only a letter from each of the three health advisers persuaded the college eventually to back down, by which time the lecturer's recovery had been severely set back. She has now left the profession.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now