I am in my 4th year at my secondary academy. I have been for two interviews this year, one before christmas for a HoD role, and one 2 weeks ago for a Teacher role. 2 weeks ago, I was successful, but they were unable to offer me the role as they said my employer ticked some things on my reference that 'required improvement'. This is two weeks after the head told me they had upgraded my teaching internally to grade 1 outstanding. My head phoned them, and they then offered me a role starting in April, but I had applied for the one starting in September as I wasn't prepared to leave my two GCSE year 11 groups 4 weeks before their exams. Now my current line manager and Head Teacher are saying things like they don't want me missing any more days for interview because of my year 11 groups, as apparently I have already missed '10 year 11 lessons this year'. I have to miss half an hour for a consultation to have a wisdom tooth removed next week. I have had 2 sick days in 4 years, and two days off this year for an NVPQML course I am on. My year 11 results are outstanding, my two groups have both achieved results in Mocks this week that would exceed expectations if they were to replicate in the summer (they will do better). I feel like they are ready to throw me under the bus just for wanting to leave...and to think I was sad to be leaving (when I thought I could)...more fool me. I have seen roles, including a 'STEM Leader' role that I feel I have a good skills match for and would put me in a leadership role, which is my aim, but I feel like if I apply I will be denied the opportunity to leave, and punished for trying. I don't know where to turn. I requested to see the reference by email to business manager, 1 week later still no response. I feel like they want to keep me here for my results, whilst the leaders around me take the credit for it, and meanwhile I cannot apply for the leadership/career advancement roles that I think I am both ready for and would allow me to have a greater impact, which is my ambition. If I can't do anything, what do I do now? I applied unsuccessfully for HoD here last year, a permanent TLR for 2nd of department is open to interest right now, but I feel I am ready for more and this is not right. But if I have to stay at my current role I might as well apply...but then they will ask, rightly, how committed I really am to that. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, feel like giving up and becoming a supply teacher so I can pay my mortgage, but this I so greatly enjoy the continuity of a permanent role and the impact this can have.