Hi, Left my last job with a settlement agreement, part of settlement agreement was an agreed reference. I've tried applying for jobs over the last couple of months and I always seem to fall at the last hurdle, there has been a couple of really strange instances of not getting jobs etc and I am now begining to wonder if my former head is not sticking to the settlement agreement and the agreed reference. Is there anyway of finding this out, I've racked my brains out trying to think of a way of testing this. The only way I could think of is a friendly (to me!) head teacher requested a reference both in wiritng and then perhaps following it up verbally and seeing wha is said. However part of my SA forbides me to mention the SA and I don't know any other heads to risk doing this. At present I feel like my teaching career is over, and I know that I do a good job and want to continue making a difference.