I am after some help for my husband. He has had temporary teaching positions since starting teacher 5 yeas ago but has always had positive feedback with references etc it was just school issues (staff/pupil number etc) that meant he didn't stay. Anyway he finally got a permanent job and his refs from his last job came through and we're awful. His new school are removing the permanent offer and he is on probation until October half term and will be gone if he doesn't show improvement, then next year he will have to reapply for his job. The thing is, he always had great feedback at his last school and was told his lessons were excellent when he was observed. His last school is currently having problems (one of the reasons he left) including bad ofsted last year (they were seen before my husband started) and 4 out of 7 science teachers left, so did head of Science and the headteacher left (was sacked) midway through last year. It seems like there is actually no one left at the last school who actually saw my husband teach/worked with him so I don't know how they could give a reference like this. Is he able to challenge it? Can he get the feedback from his observations which show this reference is untrue? I am fuming and he is crushed. Finally he felt life in teaching was picking up after a life of uncertainty.