Dear Theo, I am in my third year of teaching, and in my 3rd school. My first post was temporary maternity cover, my second perminant but horrific and my third (and current) is also temorary maternity. I am appling at the moment with my current head as my primary referee and my head of department as my second (its a large school.) I wouldnt dream of getting a reference of my last head as she hated me and the head before her wont provide me with a reference as she says i only worked for her for a year and she doesnt know me well enough. she said the same last year too. Ive applied for 5 posts so far this year and heard nothing. do you think the referee situation is causing people to be put off? I just want to settle into a permenant post now, 4 years ina row of applications and Im getting a little dispondent with it all. Thanks for your help.