I left my last post at Xmas with a CA which was after a period of informal capability which was to be made formal, despite me producing evidence that my teaching was not inadequate. School agreed I could go at Xmas but be employed until end Jan and I would get a tax-free payment and an agreed reference. After Xmas I waited a few weeks before approaching agencies etc to register for supply work and to look for posts myself as I knew that the reference needed sorting. My union rep drafted it from the original one provided by the school and sent it off over 3 weeks ago. I have now been offered a half-term contract starting after this half term 'subject to suitable references'. Apparently it is with the council's legal department and has been for at least 2 weeks. I am now starting to panic as I need to get this sorted ASAP before the offer is withdrawn. The supply agencies are also chasing this one reference which is outstanding. Anybody got any words of wisdom on this? I have asked the union rep to chase this up but haven't heard anything back - she has been very good, but the area one has been very quiet.