It was shame that the issue couldn’t be resolved informally in the first instance, but unfortunately this sometimes happens.
It would appear that the investigator was given a strict brief of what to investigate – this is an important step in the process to make sure the investigator is aware of their remit for the investigation and to ensure that he/she does not go outside of this.
ACAS has produced information on dealing with grievances at work but ultimately, the school would have to follow the policy that has been agreed and adopted by the governing body.
It is assumed that the issue is now at Stage 2 in the procedure. The investigator would produce a report based on the evidence collected from both the member of staff and the headteacher, as well as any witnesses. A decision would then be made as to whether the grievance is upheld or not.
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