Hello, I have worked 7 years at a SEN school who have recently been taken over by an academy. I am looking to move on and need references. The SLT are great and historically would happy and able to provide a good 'graded' or qualitative reference. Since we have joined the academy only a 'factual references' are permitted, simply dates of employment for example. This is proving a problem for some potential employers who require a reference with qualitative feedback. Is there simply nothing I or any of my colleagues can do on this point? Any help gratefully received.